Standing strong so others can rest from trauma, disasters

December 14, 2023
Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief eases the burden of those impacted by catastrophes.
OFDR Disaster Support

When the 2022 hurricane season brought 15 designated storms to the doors of optometrists across the country, Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief (OFDR) expedited aid. For Hurricane Ian alone, OFDR awarded $62,000 in grants to 24 doctors of optometry to cover widespread losses in Florida.

In 2023, the deadliest U.S. wildfire in over a century impacted Maui doctors of optometry and the community they care for. The devastation began as small brush fires, whipped up by strong winds from passing Hurricane Dora.

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Building a strong optometry community of support when disasters hit

Since 2005, when flooding from Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief (OFDR) has awarded more than $1.2 million to doctors of optometry and students impacted by natural disasters to restore patient care. Now, as 2022 winds down, your support of OFDR can ensure it is poised to help doctors sustain care during disasters in 2023.

U.S. natural disasters’ financial toll increasing: OFDR at the ready

Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief provides immediate assistance to doctors to expedite their ability to provide critical patient care, as well as optometry students suffering property damage, during times of disasters. Learn how to apply for a grant or donate.

‘Very close-knit community,’ Maui reckons with trauma of historic wildfires

AOA-member doctors in Maui describe shock and disbelief after the island community suffers the deadliest U.S. wildfire in over a century.