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Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile
Introducing the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile
The Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile is the first and only mobile eye clinic in the region. With two fully-equipped exam rooms on board, it's like an eye doctor's office on wheels. It is owned, operated and staffed by Phillips Eye Institute, part of Allina Health.
Eye care improves lives
Poor vision affects quality of life for people of all ages. Cost, lack of transportation or other challenges may limit access to vision care for some. By providing free vision screenings and comprehensive eye exams to those in need, the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile can help improve the lives of many.
Named after Kirby Puckett
Kirby Puckett played center field for the Minnesota Twins for 12 years before his career was cut short by glaucoma. Before his death in 2006, Puckett was an advocate for preventive eye care and eye health awareness.
The Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile is an extension of the Phillips Eye Institute’s Kirby Puckett Education Center, which was established by Kirby Puckett’s family in 2008 to provide the community with resources to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness through education and early detection.
Invite us to your community
The Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile loves to travel! When we come to your community event or school, the following services may be provided:
We are currently raising funds to allow us to also provide eye exams for those in need. Call 612-775-8968 for more information or to invite us to your community.
How we screen your vision
Our trained screening staff uses hand-held devices called photo screeners. This is the latest vision screening technology available. The photo screeners can identify people who need further testing and care. Vision screening does not replace a comprehensive eye exam by an eye care professional.
2014 Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile tour
We're launching the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile with a regional tour. Visit us at one of the tour stops below for free vision screening for children and adults of all ages.
Past tour stops
The Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile would not be possible without donor support. Here’s how your donation can help:
Your gift will help guarantee that people of all ages throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin will have one of the most basic tools to learn and engage in life.
Volunteer opportunities are available year-round across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Volunteers must be 16 years old and older.
To sign up to volunteer, please email Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
The Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile was made possible through the Phillips Eye Institute Foundation’s $10 million campaign, Investing in Sight, Changing Lives, and in partnership with the All-Star Game Legacy Giving, Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins, the Twins Community Fund and the Pohlad Family Foundation.
Their generous support allowed us to purchase and equip the vehicle. Additional support is needed to fund the ongoing operations of the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile, which is also the spotlight program for the Allina Health 2014 Community Giving Program.