Sight Savers America (SSA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1997 by Jeff Haddox, a vision scientist who realized the unmet needs in children’s eye care in Alabama.  

SSA now serves children in 16 states and operates three programs that fulfill our mission of identifying and securing treatment for unmet vision and health needsCHILDREN’S EYE CARE PROGRAM, LOW VISION PROGRAM, and CHILDREN’S SCREENING PROGRAM.

Today, these programs provide comprehensive follow-up eye care, low vision services, vision screenings, and head-to-toe health screenings for 95,000 referrals in 16 states annually.

SSA operates with a board of trustees and a staff of 38, and also relies on our nationwide network of over 1,300 eye care professionals who discount their services for our programs.

Some recognitions for our organization include:

  • American Optometric Association’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service and dedication to the visual welfare of the public and for contributions to the advancement of vision rehabilitation care.
  • Johnson & Johnson’s National Community Health Care Crystal Awardfor community service in recognition of our unique and innovative solutions to complicated children’s health care challenges.
  • EyeSight Foundation of Alabama’s Inaugural Visionary Award for phenomenal success in providing comprehensive eye care for thousands of at-risk children throughout the state.
  • Childcare Resources Children’s Advocate Award.

Sight Savers America Team