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Mobile Eye Service

Many eye diseases, such as those related to diabetes or glaucoma, can lead to vision loss or blindness if left untreated. These conditions, however, can be prevented through regular vision screenings.

UCSF Medical Center and San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center developed a Mobile Eye Service for the San Francisco community that provides a full spectrum of eye services, including vision saving screenings.

The mobile eye service sends a van to eight community health centers of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) on a rotating basis. The van is equipped with the latest eye examination tools so that doctors and technicians can screen patients quickly and efficiently.

The Eye Van provides eye care to underserved patients — particularly the elderly, the homeless and low-income families — whose access to eye services are often limited because of a lack of transportation or cultural and language barriers. In addition to screenings, the Eye Van collects data for research, such as the causes of vision loss in Asian Americans.

Eye Van Schedule

On weekdays, the Eye Van makes stops at eight community health centers in San Francisco on a rotating basis. About every two weeks, each of the following health centers has one full day of eye services.

Castro Mission Health Center
3850 17th St.
(415) 487-7500

Chinatown Health Center
1490 Mason St.
(415) 364-7600

Maxine Hall Health Center
1301 Pierce St.
(415) 292-1300

Ocean Park Health Center
1351 24th Ave.
(415) 682-1900

Potrero Hill Health Center
1050 Wisconsin St.
(415) 648-3022

Silver Avenue Health Center
1525 Silver Ave.
(415) 715-0300

Southeast Health Center
2401 Keith St.
(415) 671-7000

Tom Waddell Health Center
50 Lech Walesa (Ivy St.)
(415) 355-7400

On weekends, the van also visits health fairs throughout Northern California.

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How to Reach Us

Mobile Eye Service
Sharon Martinez
Director of Operations
Ophthalmology
San Francisco General Hospital
(415) 206-8304
smartinez@sfgh.ucsf.edu

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