The San Diego County Medical Society Foundation estimates that 15.2% of San Diego’s three million residents do not have adequate health coverage. Project Access San Diego is a mutually beneficial partnership between physicians and their community that addresses those unmet healthcare needs. Dr. Alison Gordon, an Associate Physician and Surgeon at the Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute in La Jolla, CA, has been volunteering her time and expertise in ophthalmologic procedures, including refractive and cataract surgery in San Diego, to help restore the vision of a number of San Diegans.
The San Diego County Medical Society Foundation estimates that more than 462,000 San Diegans either go without insurance, or are underinsured. With the help of Project Access San Diego—a community program designed to help physicians address those healthcare needs—Dr. Alison Gordon is improving the overall quality of life for a number of San Diegans by providing a range of ophthalmologic procedures. She says she feels privileged to be given this unique opportunity with Project Access San Diego, and adds that getting to know the patients and participating in their care is a rewarding experience for her as a medical professional and a resident of San Diego.
The Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute is recognized worldwide for its expertise in a range of ophthalmologic procedures, including the treatment of a number of eye diseases and laser vision correction with implantable contact lenses and custom LASIK surgery. Dr. Gordon says the Project Access patients seen at the Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute often have advanced vision impairment due to cataracts, and would otherwise be unable to afford the care they need to restore their vision. “It is important to me, and the other physicians in the practice, to be able to use our skills and education to help those in need and reach out to the community.” She adds that the eye care specialists at Gordon Weiss Schanzlin Vision typically see several Project Access patients a month, and are appreciative of the opportunity to help their fellow San Diegans.
The surgeons at the Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute are recognized as the first to perform LASIK surgery in San Diego. However, the most common reason Project Access San Diego patients are seen at the practice is to provide an evaluation for cataract surgery. Typically, Dr. Gordon says she finds that these patients have not had the opportunity to address moderate to severe visual impairment because of a lack of insurance coverage. She says they are always very gracious and appreciative of the opportunity created by the collaboration of the Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute and Project Access San Diego.
About Dr. Gordon
Dr. Alison Gordon earned her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and completed her ophthalmology residency at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Medical Association. In addition to her participation in the Project Access San Diego program, Dr. Gordon also served as Chapter President of the Unite for Sight Organization in her third year of medical school.
The Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute is located at 8910 University Center Lane, Ste. 800, UTC – La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92122. The practice can be reached at (858) 455-6800, or found online at either https://www.gwsvision.com/ or the Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute Facebook page.