Established in 1975 by an anonymous donor, UMEC is a community outreach program of the UCLA Stein Eye Institute. UMEC and its staff of ophthalmologists, ophthalmology residents, technicians, and volunteers make visits to hundreds of Southern California community locations annually to deliver free vision care to medically underserved communities.

Services Provided

Ophthalmologists perform basic eye examinations and eye health screenings to determine the need for eyeglasses and to rule out the need for further treatment of any eye condition or disease. All services, including eyeglasses, are provided free of charge.

Who We Serve

Medically under-resourced and vulnerable communities of Los Angeles County — locations include schools, free clinics, and social services agencies serving children of all ages, families, and individuals experiencing housing insecurities.

Mission and Goals

To preserve and restore vision through global programs in innovative research, quality patient care, and multidisciplinary, integrative education, all with community outreach. UMEC helps provide high-quality vision care at no cost to individuals in underserved communities, who lack access to healthcare because of financial, cultural, and language barriers.

Year Founded


Impact Statement

UMEC has been in operation for over 40 years and is the longest continuously operating eye clinic on wheels in the nation. UMEC has given high quality vision care to over 400,000 patients in neighborhoods where poverty and vision disabilities intersect and has a long history of working closely with homeless, uninsured, and low-income communities.

Partnership Inquiries

Pamela Duarte
Program Coordinator

Campus Affiliation

David Geffen School of Medicine
200 Stein Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

All Partner Locations (275)

A.J. Padelford CDC

Abbott Preschool

Alcoholism Centers for Women

Aliso Pico Preschool

All Peoples Community Center

Allies For Every Child - Early Education Center

Aloha Head Start

Amanecer Community Counseling

Amistad Preschool

Arlene Bitely School

Around the Korner Preschool

Arroyo Seco Regional Library

Artesia CDC

Ascot Library

Azteca Dangler Preschool

Azusa High State Preschool

Baldwin Hills Library

Baldwin Park Preschool Academy

Baldwin Park Senior Citizen Center

Baldwin Park Unified School District

Baldwin State Preschool

Bassett Child Development Head Start

Bell Gardens Elementary

Bella Vista Elementary

Bellflower I CDC

Bellflower II CDC

Benjamin Franklin Library

Beta Vista Center

Better to Know Health Fair - St Didacus Catholic Church

Blandford State Preschool

Buen Principio II Head Start

Bursch Elementary

CMS Housing - Casa de los Amigos

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy ECEC

Canoga Park Library

Carmela State Preschool

Cart - Malibu Library at Civic Center

Carver Head Start - Cerritos

Carver Head Start - Stanton

Centinela Bible Church

Central Elementary

Cerritos College Child Development Center

Cesar Chavez Head Start

Cherrylee Head Start

Children's Institute - Central

Children's Institute - Watts II

Children's Institute - Watts IV

Children's Institute International

Cleaver Family Wellness Center

Compton Youth Build

Corazon Head Start

Cortada Head Start

Culver City Unified School District

DD Johnston Elementary

Dan T. Williams School

De Anza Elementary

DeVan Multipurpose Center

Department of Children and Family Services

Dewey Avenue School

Divine Savior School

Dolores Huerta Head Start

Don Julian Head Start (located inside Don Julian ES)

Downtown Women's Center

Eagle Rock Library

East Los Angeles Occupational Center (ELAOC)

Eastmont Community Center

Echo Park CDC

Echo Park Head Start

Edgewood Head Start

Edison Language Academy State Preschool

El Caminito Head Start

El Cariso Head Start

El Centro de los Ninos

Elderidge Rice School

Elizabeth Learning Center

Elwin Elementary

Emery Park State Preschool

Emma W. Shuey School

Encinita School

Erwin Head Start

Estrada Learning Center

Euclid Head Start

Evans Head Start

Evergreen Head Start

Exposition Park Library

Felipe De Neve Library

Flanner Head Start

Franklin State Preschool

Fremont Elementary

Garden of Progress Head Start

Geddes Elementary

George Sanchez School

Geraldine P. Woods Head Start

Gidley Head Start

Glazier Elementary

Good Beginnings Head Start

Granada Hills Library

Greenwood Elementary

Gregory Park Head Start

Guardian Angel Catholic School

Harbor Interfaith Shelter

Hawthorne Head Start

Hawthorne High School

Hawthorne School District

Helen Keller Preschool

Hollywood Head Start

Hoover Intergenerational Preschool

Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission

Hurley State Preschool

Hyde Park Library

Imperial Courts II

Inglewood Southside

Jellick State Preschool

Joseph Gascon Elementary

Kenmore Elementary

Killian State Preschool

LA Wellness Station

La Colima State Preschool

La Escuelita Head Start

La Santa Cruz Preschool

Lake View Terrace Library

Las Flores Preschool

Lawndale High School

Lawndale School District

Le Gore Head Start

Leona Cox State Preschool

Leuzinger High School

Lew Sands Weltor Center

Lincoln Heights Library

Lincoln Heights Tutorial Program

Lindbergh CDC

Little Friends Head Start

Little Tokyo Library

Loma Vista State Preschool

Long Beach Day Nursery, East Branch

Long Beach Day Nursery, West Branch

Lorena Terrace Alegria Preschool

Los Angeles Catholic Worker

Los Colores Head Start

Lugo Preschool

MAOF Child Care-Pico Rivera Center

Mar Vista Head Start

Mar Vista Library

Margaret Heath Elementary

Marina Early Education Center

Mariposa Center San Juan Capistrano

Mariposa South County Women & Family Center

Mark Twain Library

Maryvale EEC

Maywood CDC

McKibben State Preschool

Melbourne I & II Head Start

Memorial Park

Mid Valley Regional Library

Mildred B. Janson School

Mint Canyon State Preschool

Montebello Gardens Elementary

Montebello Park Elementary

Monterey Highlands State Preschool

Monterey Vista School

Montessori Academy of West Covina

Mount St. Mary's University CDC Chalon Campus

Mount St. Mary's University CDC Doheny Campus

Mulberry State Preschool

Mulhall Head Start

Neighborhood Youth Association

New Lexington Head Start

New River Elementary

Newton Academy

Niemes I & II Head Start

North Hollywood Regional Library

North Walnut Head Start

Northam State Preschool

Northridge Library

Norwalk CDC

Norwood Street Healthy Start

Options State Preschool Roosevelt

Orchard Dale State Preschool

Our Lady of Victory Church

Overland Head Start

PUENTE Learning Center

Pacoima Head Start

Paddison Elementary

Palms Rancho Library

Panorama City Library

Para Los Ninos

Paramount State Preschool

Park Place Head Start

Perlita Head Start

Pico Union Library

Plainview Head Start

Planet Hope

Play and Learn Preschool

Pleasant View Elementary

Pomona State Preschool (Newport Mesa Unified School District)

Project Access Family Resource Center at Harbor Village Apartments

R.K. Lloyde Continuation High School

R.L. Stevenson Library

Rainbow Child Development Center

Ralph Waldo Emerson School

Ramona Gardens Head Start

Ramona State Preschool

Repetto State Preschool

Robert F. Kennedy Head Start

Rorimer State Preschool

Rosemead School District

Salazar Park Preschool

Salvation Army Day Care Center

San Gabriel Unified School District

San Pedro Regional Library

Santa Clarita Head Start

Santa Fe Avenue Center

Santa Monica / Malibu School District

Scott State Preschool

Shelyn State Preschool

Shirpser Head Start

Silva Head Start

Slauson Learning Center

Soto Street Head Start

South Central LAMP

St. Francis Center

St. Helen's School

St. Joseph Center (Hampton)

St. Margaret's Center

Step Up on Vine

Strathern Park Head Start

Sun Valley Library

Sunkist Head Start

Sunshine Head Start

Suva Elementary

Team Heal

Temple Isaiah Preschool

Tina and Rick Caruso Early Education Center

Tracy Elementary

Tulita Child Development Center

UCLA Lab School

USC School for Early Childhood Education

Un Mundo de Amigos Preschool

Union Rescue Mission

United American Indian Involvement and Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development

Van Nuys Library

Van Wig Head Start

Venice Family Clinic: Common Ground at Judy and Bernard Briskin Center

Venice Family Clinic: Milken Family Foundation Medical Building/Frederick R. Weisman Family Center

Vermont Square Branch Library

Vernon Library

Villacorta State Preschool

Village Learning Center

Vineland Elementary

Vista Nueva Learning Center

Voala Santa Cruz Head Start

W.M. Keck Foundation (Pico-Union) Early Education Center

Walnut Park Center

Washington Child Development Center

Washington Elementary

Washington West Preschool

Watts Library

Watts Towers

West Covina Senior Center

Westwood Presbyterian Preschool

Wiley Canyon Elementary

Wilkerson Head Start

Will & Ariel Durant Library

Will Rogers CDC

Will Rogers Preschool

William Mead Head Start

Willow I & II Head Start

Willowood State Preschool

Wilmington Library

Winter Gardens Elementary

Wiseburn School District

Ybarra State Preschool

Ynez State Preschool

Yorbita State Preschool

Young Innovators Center