Lifelong Vision Foundation reaches out to various groups to provide vision care in our community and beyond. This includes:


East St. Louis First Responders

We provide free LASIK surgery to first responders in East St. Louis.



Vision Mission to Haiti

Each year we sponsor our Vision Mission to La Gonave, Haiti. In 2016, Dr. Holekamp saw nearly 400 individuals for vision screening and refraction tests. “The looks on the people’s faces when they put on glasses and could see clearly was just incredible,” said Sonja Dickherber, founder of the Mission in La Gonave.

IMG_4471In addition to the more than 300 pairs of glasses distributed during the mission, 700 pairs of glasses were left behind for others.  We at Lifelong Vision Foundation would like to extend our thanks to all of you who helped make this mission possible by donating equipment and glasses. We are already making plans for our fourth Vision Mission in 2017!


College Bound

We provide College Bound youth with free vision exams and glasses, as needed, and follow-up visits for an additional three years.

College Bound provides promising students from under-resourced backgrounds with the academic enrichment, social supports and life skills needed to succeed in college and careers. Click here to learn more.


Wyman Center

We provide Wyman Center youth with free vision exams and glasses, as needed, and follow-up visits for an additional three years. In addition, Lifelong Vision Foundation and Pepose Vision Institute professionals participate in Wyman’s Teen Leadership University to acquaint Wyman youth with vision education and career paths.

Wyman Center designs and delivers quality, proven programs to empower teens to become healthy, productive and engaged adults. Click here to learn more.




Provides ongoing informational classes in cutting edge vision technology.

OASIS’ mission is to promote successful aging through a three-fold approach: lifelong learning, healthy living and social engagement. Click here to learn more about OASIS.



Partnership program to provide a one-time, comprehensive eye assessment to infants in their first year of life, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost, regardless of income.

InfantSEE® is a public health program for infants sponsored by the American Optometric Association.Click here to learn more.



Our goals are achieved through the generous support of patients and their family members, corporate citizens and foundations who share the vision of lifelong excellence in eye care. Your support is most appreciated.