Local Community, International Volunteering and Sustainability
Giving back to the community and volunteering eye care service to those in the greatest need is a central tenant of Wilmette Eye Care’s philosophy. Every day, we see first hand how much our patient’s vision affects their daily lives. We are very fortunate to live and work in communities where access to modern medicine and infrastructure allow us to obtain efficient and high-quality health services. However, many around the globe are not as lucky.
In addition to providing care locally, Dr. Kohn is proud to have gone on multiple international mission trips to Honduras and various locations in Mexico. He serves as president of the Illinois chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH). Each year, VOSH Illinois conducts thousands of eye exams to underserved populations both domestically and internationally. Dr. Kohn also serves on the board of directors of the Blind Service Association of Chicago (BSA), an organization which works to improve the lives of patients
living with severe visual impairments in the greater metro area.
When you visit Wilmette Eye Care, you are supporting a local and independent business that prioritizes the provision of care to those in most desperate need of it. Any and all donations of unused eyeglasses are always appreciated!
Learn more about VOSH: http://vosh.org/
Learn more about BSA: http://www.blindserviceassociation.org/
Sustainability of resources and “going green” are primary considerations of our practice as well. Keeping this in mind, Wilmette Eye Care was created with a focus on minimizing waste as much as possible. Much of the modern technology we use is paperless and integrates wirelessly into our electronic health records. From the moment you check in on our iPad to when you are offered an emailed receipt rather than a paper copy, you are helping to reduce our carbon footprint.
Our practice has also partnered with the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program, which allows used contact lenses and packaging to be recycled properly, with the goal of reducing landfill waste associated with contact lenses. Unlike larger recyclable materials, the smaller size of contact lenses and their packaging leads to them getting filtered out at recycling facilities and directed to the waste stream, contributing to landfills across the United States.
Patients can recycle used contacts, foils and blister packs through our office, using the ONE by ONE program. As an added bonus, for every pound of contact lens waste recycled, B & L will donate $1 to Optometry Giving Sight.
To read more about the ONE by ONE program: http://www.bausch.com/our-company/the-one-