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Give the Gift of Sight

A letter from our Chairman of the board and President/CEO about the growth of Healthy Eyes Alliance since August 2012.

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Smoking Causes Blindness

Save your sight - Save your life! Celebrate the Great American Smokeout on November 17!

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November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Diabetic Eye Disease, a leading cause of blindness, often has no early warning signs. Early detection, timely treatment and appropriate follow-up care are the only ways to prevent vision loss.

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Healthy Eyes Alliance and Lighthouse Guild Collaborate to Screen Pre-K children in New York

Healthy Eyes Alliance at Y's Healthy Kids Day

Saturday, April 30 - Join Healthy Eyes Alliance for children's vision screenings at the Y's HEALTHY KIDS DAY

Give the Gift of Sight!

Healthy Eyes Alliance (HEA) can point to a past year when your donations and collaborative partnerships enabled it to grow its revenues and increase the number of children and adult clients in the tri-state communities who received its sight-saving services.

Healthy Eyes Alliance's Chairman of the Board hosts Fundraising Event

Nov.12, 2015 - John Reynolds, Chairman of the Board, hosted a Donor Cultivation Party for Healthy Eyes Alliance.

Healthy Eyes Alliance Celebrates 4th Annual Board Meeting at Lighthouse Guild in New York

Healthy Eyes Receives Donation from Quassy Amusments' Special '3D' Fireworks

Today, George Frantzis of Quassy Amusement Park​ presented Naomi Hayner, program manager of Healthy Eyes Alliance, with a check for $1,200. The money was raised at their '3D' fireworks glasses presentation on July 4th. This annual event is a fundraiser for Healthy Eyes Alliance.

Thanks to Quassy for their continuing support of our mission to save sight!

Nantucket in Winter

How cold has it been on Nantucket? Chilly enough to freeze the waves. Click here to read the story from the New York Times.

Meanwhile, we're thinking about spring & Nantucket in New York, a benefit event for Healthy Eyes Alliance on May 14th - Get your tickets here.

Nantucket in New York

On May 14, 2015 – in celebration of Healthy Vision Month- Healthy Eyes Alliance, (HEA) the region’s only healthcare non-profit dedicated solely to preventing vision loss and promoting healthy eyes, will hold a Benefit event in New York City. The proceeds will support its sight - saving programs in New York City, and the Metro area.

Recently Healthy Eyes Alliance held its 2nd Annual Meeting during which it ushered in new Board leadership and celebrated its contributions to the vision health and wellness of the tri-state communities it serves.

Truly Healthy Eyes Alliance (HEA) is a success story. Following reorganization 2 years ago when it created its own brand, it has proven itself to be able to maintain financial stability while continuing to implement innovative, relevant, high quality vision saving programs throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Screenings at New Haven Library- Event Update

On March 26, 2014, in honor of National Save Your Sight Month, HEA conducted free vision screenings for the public at the Main Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library.

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Free Vision Screenings at the New Haven Free Public Library

New Haven, CT (March 20, 2014). Imagine not being able to read the newspaper, text, watch a video, movie or TV, see your children play, order from a menu, or drive a car. No one wants to rely on others to cross the street or do the grocery shopping, but these everyday occurrences often cannot be done without healthy vision.

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Vision Health Training & Screenings to Save Sight in Newark

Healthy Eyes Alliance staff and public health director presented bilingual vision health training and screenings for patients at a Newark Community Health Center. Click images for larger version.

Professional Development Day

The staff of Healthy Eyes Alliance took part in a professional development day held at Lighthouse International in New York City on Tuesday, February 25. Click here for details.

It's National Glaucoma Awareness Month!

Radio Interview on "For the People" featuring Healthy Eyes Alliance

In support of National Glaucoma Awareness month, Healthy Eyes Alliance President and CEO Kathy Garre-Ayars spoke to John Voket on For The People about how to prevent glaucoma.

Click the image above, or visit to listen to the interview. The interview begins with 12m 42s remaining of the podcast.

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

New Haven, CT (January 1, 2014). It is estimated that over 2.7 million Americans 40 and over suffer from open angle glaucoma, an increase of 22% since 2000.* It is common that a patient has few or no recognizable symptoms until vision is lost. Click here to read the full  article.

A Holiday Success Story

Last spring, Healthy Eyes Alliance’s certified vision screeners conducted screenings at a YMCA Head Start and screened a 4 year old-boy named  Jamari. The screeners detected a vision problem and referred him for a complete eye exam. He was subsequently diagnosed with Amblyopia (Lazy Eye), a serious eye disease, that if left untreated, can lead to blindness. 

Because of Healthy Eyes Alliance’s early intervention, Jamari’s amblyopia was discovered and treated.  Jamari is now ready to “see and learn” and succeed in school.


Your Gift Helped Save Jamari’s Sight! Please Give Again.

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On the heels of our Nation's historic "opening day for the Affordable Care Act Exchanges, Healthy Eyes Alliance (HEA) received word yesterday that the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, located in Millburn, New Jersey in Essex County, has just awarded the Tri-State healthcare non-profit a grant for $47,000 to implement a Diabetic Retinopathy Project in Newark, New Jersey, in two of its community health centers.

This is the second Diabetic Retinopathy Project HEA has conducted in the region's community health centers, the first being a pilot conducted in the Bronx, in 2011.

CEO Kathy Garre Ayars commented that We are grateful to the Foundation for its support to model this unique project through the Newark Community Health Centers Network, and are pleased to be collaborating with the Centers and their medical staff. Healthy Eyes Alliance's goal is tomodel this vital project throughout community health centers in the tri-state region where obesity and diabetes are prevalent.

Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma are both potential chronic eye diseases associated with diabetes. Nearly 40% of the Health Centers' patients currently have no insurance.

The objectives of the Newark Community Health Centers Diabetic Retinopathy Project are to:

  1. Provide vision screenings to 500 patients of the Newark Health Centers community (a large number of which comprise of a vulnerable population that is uninsured and multi-ethnic including a large Creole population, African-American, and Hispanic)
  2. Provide direct and comprehensive case management referral services to patients
  3. Conduct 12 educational workshops (6 at each center) regarding eye health including diabetes issues
  4. Conduct 2 training sessions for NCHC medical staff on eyes disease such as Diabetic Retinopathy and Cataracts
  5. connect NCHC with community partners through the Community Partners Directory for lasting long term impact

For more information call or e-mail  Kathy Garre Ayars or project director Helen Dao at 201-686-7152;


To Benefit Healthy Eyes Alliance '3-D' Fireworks Will Light Up Sky Over Quassy Amusement Park

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. – They're back!

And seeing is believing when Independence Day fireworks light up the sky in "3-D" over Lake Quassapaug for the 11th consecutive year at Quassy Amusement Park here.

Special "3-D" fireworks viewing glasses will be sold for $1 on July 4th at Quassy to benefit Healthy Eyes Alliance. The glasses will be on sale starting in the afternoon until they are sold out.

"We're certainly pleased that the popularity of our '3-D' fireworks show has remained incredibly strong," noted Quassy President Eric Anderson. "We incorporated this unique twist to our show a decade ago with the support of our presenting partners and the response has been phenomenal year after year."

The park will again shoot its 10:15 p.m. fireworks display from barges anchored offshore so everyone attending the park that evening will be able to enjoy them.

Sponsoring the event are: Naugatuck Savings Bank, Pepsi, Price Chopper, WTNH-TV News Channel 8, and Voices newspaper.

Parking on July 4th is $7 at Quassy with the park opening at 11 a.m. Quassy Beach and "Splash Away Bay" waterpark will operate until 7 p.m. with the remainder of the park staying open until after the evening fireworks.

105th Year

Quassy Amusement Park is in its 105th year and features more than two-dozen rides and attractions. The lakeside property is also home to "Splash Away Bay" waterpark with the new "BulletBowl" water raft ride and "FreeFall" extreme body slides. In addition, a children's splash pad titled the "Fish Pond" opened this year.

Quassy also features a new laser maze attraction in its huge arcade building.

Rides include the award-winning "Wooden Warrior" roller coaster, "Music Fest," "Yo-Yo" super swings, "Free Fall 'N' Drop Tower," "Grand Carousel" and more.

The park also has a restaurant, redemption arcade, games, live entertainment and special events.

Season passes are on sale now at the park office and through the Quassy Web site at Company picnics, school fieldtrips and other catered events are also being scheduled through the park office at 203-758-2913.

Quassy is located at 2132 Middlebury Road, Route 64, in Middlebury, Conn., on the shores of Lake Quassapaug.

For more information visit or call 1-800-FOR-PARK.

About Healthy Eyes Alliance

Healthy Eyes Alliance is dedicated to preventing vision loss in children and adults in the communities of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

The organization provides eye screening to children living in communities of high poverty, low income older adults and employees in targeted industries.

All Healthy Eyes Alliance programs and initiatives are made possible by support from private and public foundations as well as individual donations and bequests.

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Fireworks over Lake Quassapaug at Quassy Amusement Park.

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Fireworks over Lake Quassapaug at Quassy Amusement Park.

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Holding the "3-D" fireworks glasses at Quassy Amusement Park's "Splash Away Bay" (from the left): Carol Piper, vision screener with Healthy Eyes Alliance; Lori Nemec, branch manager at Naugatuck Savings Bank, Middlebury; and Lee Williams, Sr., store manager at Price Chopper, Torrington. Naugatuck Savings Bank, Pepsi and Price Chopper are presenting partners for this year's "3-D" fireworks at the park.


Healthy Eyes Alliance provided vision screenings at the Meriden YMCA Head Start Program through the generosity of the Werth Family Foundation. Jamari did not pass the screening and was referred to an eyecare professional for a complete exam. Although his Mom stated he passed at the pediatrician's office, she took him for the exam. He was diagnosed with amblyopia (Lazy Eye). His prognosis for a successful outcome is excellent as this was discovered at an early age.

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Jamari and Meridan YMCA Head Start Health Manager.


May is National Healthy Vision Month and in support of it Healthy Eyes Alliance is trying to raise awareness about the importance of regular eye exams and vision screenings for adults and children. Healthy Eyes Alliance gives free vision screenings to children throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Here are some photos from a recent vision screening at the First Congregational Preschool in Meriden Connecticut.

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NIH Encourages Americans to Make Vision a Priority during Healthy Vision Month. To read the press release visit the National Institutes of Health website.


May is Healthy Vision Month! Healthy Vision Month is designed to elevate vision as a health priority for the Nation. Visit the National Eye Institute website for more information.


Healthy Eyes Alliance Fox Interview


Healthy Eyes Alliance Eye Safety Awards


Healthy Eyes Alliance CEO Kathy Garre Ayars attended the International Vision EXPO in New York City this past Sunday. Click on the thumbnails below to see the full sized images.

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Please read our latest press release regarding Computer Vision Syndrome

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On Wednesday March 13, Healthy Eyes Alliance CEO, Kathy Garre Ayars, joined HEA's safety partners at the quarterly meeting of the Northern New Jersey federal Health and Safety Council meeting in Fairfield, New Jersey. Her presentation was entitled "Work Place Eye Safety and Wellness."

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Read our latest letter of support
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Amazing new technology helps blind to "see" with an electronic retina
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Healthy Eyes Alliance President / CEO Kathy Garre Ayars visited corporate partner John Harney, President and Founder of Harney & Sons

Healthy Eyes Alliance President / CEO Kathy Garre Ayars visited corporate partner John Harney, President and Founder of Harney & Sons Fine Teas, located in Millerton New York.

A special eye-healthy lend, citron green tea is available for sale and 20% of the cost of each can will benefit Healthy Eyes Alliance.

Call the office for more information. 203-772-4653x26






Healthy Eyes Alliance's new press release regarding National Glaucoma Awareness Month Read More


CES Increases Emphasis on Health and Fitness, Including Greater Focus on Digital Eye Strain: Read More


Please take a look at our photos from the first annual board meeting of the Healthy Eyes Alliance which was held on October 20th at Lighthouse International in New York City.

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Annual Appeal 2012 - Please make a "gift of sight" this holiday season, and support Healthy Eyes Alliance and its sight saving programs in the Tristate area. Healthy Eyes Alliance has a rich tradition of preventing vision loss in New York, New jersey and Connecticut. Please give as generously as you can!

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Check out this article from the WHO on the need for eye exams and glasses and the need for more services


Healthy Eyes Alliance and Mitchell Auto Group had a succesful eye screening event. Take a look at the pictures below to see more.

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Healthy Eyes Alliance and Mitchell Auto Group Partner to Save Sight in Simsbury on Thursday, September 20 from 3-7PM.

Simsbury, CT 2012 – Free vision screenings will be made available to the public on Thursday, September 20, at the Mitchell Volvo Showroom, in Simsbury, located at 384 Hop Meadow Road, Route 10, from 3-7PM.

The free screening event is being sponsored by regional non-profit, Healthy Eyes Alliance and The Mitchell Auto Group.

Healthy Eyes Alliance's trained and certified vision screeners will provide screenings and pass out educational materials that explain the need for regular eye exams and describe the various eye diseases and how to prevent vision loss and vision impairment. There will be healthy, small bites for refreshments made from fresh, local produce sold at Fitzgerald's Foods. Read More or visit Mitchell Auto Cares for more information.


Healthy Eyes Alliance and the Mitchell Auto Group invite you to an afternoon of free eye screenings and refreshments on Thursday September 20th at the Mitchell Volvo Showroom, 384 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury CT from 3-7pm.

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A Healthy Eyes Alliance New York City preschool vision screening at Cassidy's Place held on Wednesday August 1. Click on the thumbnails to see larger images.

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