Virginia Eye Foundation Makes Eye-Popping Donation to Suffolk Clinic

The Virginia Eye Foundation recently made a donation that is going to make a difference in the lives of many people at the Western Tidewater Free Clinic (WTFC) in Suffolk.

The Foundation donated $20,000 to WTFC to support vision care for patients.

“We’re excited to make this donation and look forward to seeing how it can change the lives of some of the people here in Western Tidewater,” said Karen Spencer, chief executive officer of Virginia Eye Consultants, Virginia Eye Foundation, and all their affiliations.

The Foundation was started by Dr. John Sheppard of Virginia Eye Consultants, who wanted to fund surgeries that can prevent blindness and provide access to care and education.

“Vision is such an extremely important component in the overall spectrum of health care,” said WTFC executive director Chet Hart. “The relationship and funding from Virginia Eye Foundation really helps us serve those persons who have no other options and have not had eye care in years.”

Eligible patients must be between the ages of 19 and 64, live in Suffolk, Franklin, Isle of Wight county or Southampton county, live at or below 200% of the federal poverty line and have no health insurance.

For more information about WTFC’s patient eligibility, visit To learn more about supporting WTFC or to schedule a tour, contact Ashley Greene at 757- 923-1060 or