Alarming statistics show that approximately 42% of Kern County’s population, or roughly 2 in 5 people, do not have access to quality eye care services.
The Advanced Center for Eyecare (ACE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit eye care organization, whose mission is to provide high-quality eye care services to the underserved and uninsured population of Kern County.
ACE's Bakersfield eye doctors, four optometrists, and three ophthalmologists provide routine eye exams, diabetic eye exams, eye disease management and testing, contact lens assessments, surgical eye care, and low vision evaluations. And through our in-house Optical Department, which features a large selection of stylish metal and plastic frames, we are able to fill prescriptions for eyeglasses.
Our mission is to make high-quality eye care available to everybody in Kern County, regardless of their ability to pay. To that end, ACE is proud to accept most public health plans such as Kern Family Healthcare, HealthNet, Straight Medi-Cal, Medicare, Medi/Medi, and Covered California. ACE also accepts several vision insurance plans, including VSP, MES, and Envolve, as well as most private medical PPO insurance plans. And for those without insurance, ACE offers an income-based sliding scale program and donation-supported grant program.
The Advanced Center for Eyecare is the only specialized eye care non-profit organization in Kern County and with the support of our community, we are committed to reducing the number of people who are living in darkness. In 2018, with the generous support of our donors, ACE providers helped 20,409 patients, dispensing 8,612 pairs of glasses and performing 523 sight-restoring surgeries.