More than 164,000 needy elderly have been referred to volunteer ophthalmologists since the inception of the National Eye Care Project five years ago.

The toll-free Helpline of the National Eye Care Project is 1-800-222-EYES (1-800-222-3937).The information and referral service provides brochures on common eye diseases of the elderly.

The Utah program has received more than 1,232 calls in the past five years. More than 800 callers have been referred to volunteer eye physicians and surgeons. A majority of the callers, 242, had cataracts.