Ophthalmology Clinic

Here’s everything you need to know about our Ophthalmology Clinic


Ophthalmology Clinic

Who to refer:

  • Adults with significant vision loss, diabetics who have not been connected to eye care, and patients with a history of glaucoma.


  • Last Tuesday of each month, patients to arrive at 5:00 PM, patients are seen starting at 5:30 PM


  • HealthStreet at 2401 SE Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608

Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic

When: The clinic is every 2nd Tuesday from 5:30-9:00pm.

Where: HealthStreet 2401 SW Archer Road GNV FL 32608

What we offer: Eye exams for children with vision problems, eye exams after a failed vision screening, free and discounted glasses

How to refer:

  • Use the Clinic Navigator to determine eligibility + automatically fill out a referral.
  • Begin to fill out the survey with the patients Date of Visit and EAC site.
  • You will then begin the screening question portion of the survey
    • Why do we screen? The eye clinic can only see 6-7 patients every month due to the length of the full eye exam. We screen to make sure we can see the most urgent eye requests.
  • The screening questions have 2 outcomes:
    • Ophtho flow chart


Who:HOQI Coordinator is Lauren Cervantes

  • Phone number: 352-580-0393
  • Email:  laurencervantes@ufl.edu

When: Last Tuesday of each month

Where: At HealthStreet at 2401 SE Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608

Patient Eligibility and Referral

  • Appointment and walk-ins are accepted when there are no shows
  • The clinic schedule monthly is made up of 3 patients screened in from the EAC intake form or referral from other EAC clinics and 3 patients who were screened in through calling our Google Voicemail services.
  • Patients are screened in through the Clinic Navigator
  • Appointments are made by HOQI coordinators contacting the patients at the top of the list one week before the upcoming clinic date
  • Once scheduled, patients are reminded of their appointment 3 days before clinic and again the day before clinic
  • If a patient calls to cancel their appointment at least one day before clinic, they can be rescheduled for the next clinic date.

Services Offered

  • Complete Exams: IOP (interocular pressure) measurements, slit lamp exams, dilated fundus exams
  • Screening: for cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, retinal disease
  • Work-up: for acute eye problems (pain, vision change, trauma, etc)
  • Referral: to WeCare, Shands Charity Care

What if my patient needs something not offered above?

  • This clinic does not offer refractions for glasses or contact lenses.
  • This clinic does not see pediatric patients.
  • For Medicaid patients, we are scheduling them at the UF Health Eye Clinic.
  • For patient’s who can afford eye care we recommend refraction with a local optician or at their local Wal-Mart
  • For patients without resources and in need of refraction we recommend:
    • Alachua Department of Social Services- Provides vision exams and eyeglasses at low costs
      218 SE 24thSt
      Gainesville, FL 32641
      (352) 264- 6750
      M-F: 8:30am-4:30pm
      Eligibility: Must be an Alachua County resident and meet financial guidelines.
    • Gainesville Community Ministry Vision Clinic
      Provides eye exams and reconditioned eyeglasses, donations of $5 to cover cost of eyeglasses suggested.  A Vision Clinic is offered every three months and is open to anyone.  Call for information.
      238 SW 4th Ave
      Gainesville, FL 32601
      (352) 372-8162
      Gainesville Community Ministry
      M-R: 9:00am-2:30pm (main office)
      Eligibility: For uninsured Alachua County residents with no income/ working poor.
    • Helping Hands Clinic First United Methodist Church-Provides referrals for eye exams and eyeglasses for the homeless.
      509 NE 1st ST
      Gainesville, FL 32601
      (352) 519-5542
      M: 4:30PM-7:00PM
      R: 3:00pm-7:00pm
      Eligibility: Must be homeless and in need of vision care.

Contact Information

  • HOQI Coordinator Lauren Cervantes: laurencervantes@ufl.edu
  • Ophthalmology Clinic Director Mary Kate Wilson: marykwilson@ufl.edu
  • General Contact: 352-580-0393