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My husband has Type 2 Diabetes and hypertension and high blood pressure. He

My husband has Type 2 Diabetes and hypertension and high blood pressure. He recently woke up one morning and could not see. He said he could only make out half of things and all the rest was blurred. He had a bad headache the evening before this incident, and he never has a headache. We went to clinic and from there were sent to Optromistist, to a lab for blood sugar check, then a opthamoligist, then a retina specialists, then a MD. He had many tests done including MRI. None of the Drs have been able to tell him any solutions. This has been going on for 90 plus days and he still can not see. It makes him dizzy at times and nausiated at his stomach. He also feels light headed and has fell down a couple of times. We do not know what to do next. The Drs have just dismissed him and said he is a puzzle. Where do we go from here. He can not go to work because he can not see well enough to drive or to read anything correctly. Do you have a suggestion?
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FREE Eye Exam Resources

The following national agencies may provide free or low-cost eye exams:

Please note that New Eyes provides links to other sites as a benefit to our Website visitors. New Eyes is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of any linked site, nor does a link imply an affiliation with or an endorsement of the linked organization.

EyeCare America (800-222-3937)is a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Seniors, those with glaucoma or diabetes, and children may be eligible for a referral to one of EyeCare America's 7,500 volunteer ophthalmologists nationwide.

Lions Clubs provide financial assistance for eye care to individuals through local clubs. Services vary from club to club.

Gift of Sight Program may provide free eye care to individuals based on a referral from a local charitable agency such as the American Red Cross, United Way, Boys Club, and YMCA.

Sight for Students (800-290-4964) operates nationally through a network of community partners to provide free eye care to children 18 years of age an younger of low-income working parents who do not qualify for government assistance.

Vision USA (800-766-4466) provides free vision care to uninsured low-income workers and their families

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Resources For Finding Information On Eye Exams And Eye Glasses For Low Income

Many state and national resources regularly provide aid to people with vision problems. The National Eye Institute, which supports eye research, does not help individuals pay for eye care. However, if you are in need of financial aid to assess or treat an eye problem, you might contact one or more of the following programs.

You may also contact a social worker at a local hospital or other community agency. Social workers often are knowledgeable about community resources that can help people facing financial and medical problems.

Eye Exams and Surgery

  • EyeCare America, a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Provides comprehensive eye exams and care for up to one year, often at no out-of-pocket expense to eligible callers through its seniors and Diabetes EyeCare Programs. Its Glaucoma EyeCare Program provides a glaucoma eye exam. The EyeCare America Children's EyeCare Program educates parents and primary care providers about the importance of early childhood (newborn through 36 months of age) eye care. Telephone: 1-800-222-EYES (3937). Website: http://eyecareamerica.org.
  • VISION USA, coordinated by the American Optometric Association (AOA), provides free eye care to uninsured, low-income workers and their families. Telephone: 1-800-766-4466. Website: http://www.aoa.org/x5607.xml.
  • Lions Clubs International provides financial assistance to individuals for eye care through local clubs. A local club can be found by using the "club locator" button found on their website at http://www.LionsClubs.org.
  • Mission Cataract USA, coordinated by the Volunteer Eye Surgeons' Association, is a program providing free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no other means to pay. Surgeries are scheduled annually on one day, usually in May. Telephone: 1-800-343-7265. Website: http://www.missioncataractUSA.org.
  • Knights Templar Eye Foundation provides assistance for eye surgery for people who are unable to pay or receive adequate assistance from current government agencies or similar sources. Mailing address: 1000 East State Parkway, Suite I, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Telephone: (847) 490-3838. Website: http://www.knightstemplar.org/ktef/ktef-faq.htm#contact.
  • InfantSEE® is a public health program designed to ensure early detection of eye conditions in babies. Member optometrists provide a free comprehensive infant eye assessment to children younger than one year. Telephone: 1-888-396-3937. Website: http://www.infantsee.org.

Eyeglasses

  • Sight for Students, a Vision Service Plan (VSP) program provides eye exams and glasses to children 18 years and younger whose families cannot afford vision care. Telephone: 1-888-290-4964. Website: http://www.sightforstudents.org/.
  • New Eyes for the Needy provides vouchers for the purchase of new prescription eyeglasses. Mailing address: 549 Millburn Avenue, P.O. Box 332, Short Hills, NJ 07078-0332. Telephone: (973) 376-4903. E-mail: neweyesfortheneedy@verizon.net. Website: http://www.neweyesfortheneedy.org.

Prescription Drugs

  • The Medicine Program assists people to enroll in one or more of the many patient assistance programs that provide prescription medicine free-of-charge to those in need. Patients must meet the sponsor's criteria. The program is conducted in cooperation with the patient's doctor. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4182, Poplar Bluff, MO 63902-4182. Telephone: 1-866-694-3893. E-mail: help@themedicineprogram.com. Website: http://www.themedicineprogram.com.
  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. Telephone: 1-888-477-2669. Website: https://www.pparx.org.

Government Programs

  • Medicare Benefit for Eye Exams
    For People with Diabetes -- People with Medicare who have diabetes can get a dilated eye exam to check for diabetic eye disease. Your doctor will decide how often you need this exam.
    For People at Risk for Glaucoma -- Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss. People at high risk for glaucoma include those with diabetes or a family history of glaucoma, or African Americans age 50 or older. Medicare will pay for an eye exam to check for glaucoma once every 12 months.
    Patients must pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount after the yearly Part B deductible. Telephone: 1-800-633-4227. Website: http://www.medicare.gov.
  • State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
    For little or no cost, this insurance pays for doctor visits, prescription medicines, hospitalizations, and much more for children 18 years and younger. Most states also cover the cost of dental care, eye care, and medical equipment. Telephone: 1-877-543-7669. Insure Kids Now! Website: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/states.asp.

The National Eye Institute (NEI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is the Federal government's lead agency for vision research that leads to sight-saving treatments and plays a key role in reducing visual impairment and blindness.

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New York, New York Eye Care Asssitance For Low Income

Kress Vision Program Of New York Downtown Hospital
170 William Street
New York, NY 10038
212.233.8483
“Provides no-charge eye health and vision screening and eyeglasses to referrals from agencies serving the uninsured underpriviliged who cannot otherwise secure such care.”

New Eyes for the Needy
549 Millburn Avenue
PO Box 332
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-376-4903
“New Eyes for the Needy purchases new eyeglasses for poor children and adults in the United States and recycles donated glasses for distribution to indigent people in developing nations worldwide.”

Park Ridge Family Health Center of Lutheran Medical Center
6311 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
718.492.8233
Must make an appointment. Sliding Scale starting between $15-$50 for the first visit, proof of income needed.

National Eye Care Project
1.800.222.EYES
Medical eye care for US citizens and legal residents, age 65 and older. No financial qualifications. Referral service. Medicare or other health insurance will pay the cost of the care, if without insurance and in need of care, treatment will be provided at no charge.

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Eye Care For Low Income Seniors

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Special Promotion: EyeCare America Wants Everyone to Take Advantage of its National Give the Gift of Sight Campaign!

This year, EyeCare America® has launched its National Give the Gift of Sight campaign! As a part of the campaign, the organization is offering free downloadable certificates with information on their no cost medical eye exams and eye care offered through its Seniors EyeCare Program.  Click here for your free downloadable certificate.


Helping People Over 65 Preserve Sight

The Seniors EyeCare Program ensures that every senior has access to medical eye care and promotes annual, dilated eye exams. It raises awareness about age-related eye disease, including cataracts, provides free eye care educational materials and facilitates access to eye care—at no out-of-pocket cost.

By age 65, one in three Americans has some form of vision impairing eye disease. Most do not know it because there are often no warning symptoms or they assume that poor sight is a natural part of growing older. By detecting and treating eye disease early through annual, dilated eye exams, seniors can preserve their sight.

Learn more about Cataract and its treatment »

Cataract risk factors »

Qualifications

The Seniors EyeCare Program is designed for people who:

  • Are US citizens or legal residents
  • Are age 65 and older
  • Have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years
  • Do not belong to an HMO or the VA

To determine if you, a family member or friend qualify for a referral through this program, call 800-222-EYES (3937) toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Benefits

People eligible for a referral through the program receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of care— at no out-of-pocket cost —for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam.

Volunteer ophthalmologists accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full; patients without insurance receive care at no charge.

EyeCare America offers multiple eye care programs for which individuals may qualify. Callers will automatically be screened to determine the program that provides the most appropriate eye care services. Callers who have not had an eye exam in the past 12 months and are at increased risk for glaucoma may be eligible for a glaucoma eye exam through our Glaucoma EyeCare Program.

Eyeglasses, prescription drugs, hospital services, and fees of other medical professionals are not included in this program.

Our Partners and Sponsors

EyeCare America partners with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging: Making the Link Program.

Patient Advocate Foundation's Co-Pay Relief (PAF CPR) provides co-payment assistance for pharmaceutical products to insured Americans who financially and medically qualify. Visit www.copays.org for more information.

This program is co-sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. and Alcon and endorsed by state ophthalmological societies.

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**ALERT**FREE health care clinic in Los Angeles

hello everyone, just wanted to let everyone know that the Health,Dental and eye care event is free and will be going on for 7 days here in Southern California. This is a great time for anyone needing care to get down there and get your ar,m bands so you can get the care needed.

Free Health Clinic in LA

Remote Access Medical health fair at Sports Arena.

Updated: Tuesday, 27 Apr 2010, 9:06 AM PDT
Published : Monday, 26 Apr 2010, 7:38 PM PDT

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Free Eye Glasses From New Eyes For The Needy

Providing Glasses in the US How to Apply for Assistance

Individuals can apply for a voucher for new eyeglasses through one of our participating social service agencies, a school nurse, or directly to New Eyes. Click here to request information about participating agencies in your area. Click here to obtain an application form to apply directly to New Eyes (PDF).

If you live in Kentucky, please see the box to the right for special instructions.

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To apply for assistance, complete the application form and mail it and a copy of your recent eyeglass prescription to:

New Eyes for the Needy
PO Box 332
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Your application form will be reviewed, and if approved, you will receive a voucher in 3-4 weeks. Click here to receive information about the status of your application.

Do not order your glasses until you receive the voucher. Click here to learn what to do once you receive the voucher.

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Free Cataract Surgery From Mission Cataract USA

Mission Cataract USA offers free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no means to pay.

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Thanks to the dream of one eye surgeon in Fresno, California, one day a year on Mission Cataract Day, hundreds of people throughout the United States are given the gift of sight at no cost to them or to Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

The dream started in 1991 when Frederick A. Richburg, MD, Medical Director of Valley Eye Institute in Fresno, California decided to donate one day for free cataract surgery and create a local mission right in his own back yard.  Consequently Mission Cataract Fresno ‘91 was born.  That year he and local volunteers screened over 150 people, and he performed free cataract surgery for 21. 

In 1992, the program expanded to include six eye surgeons throughout California who offered free surgeries statewide for patients who had no Medicare, Medical, third party insurance or any other ability to pay.  In 1993 the program expanded nationwide.  As Dr. Richburg said, “Together we helped a lot of people.”

“There are many working people who need cataract surgery, but can’t afford to pay for it,” explains Dr. Richburg.  “They have no insurance and don’t qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, or any other form of governmental assistance.”

Mission Cataract:  Another name for caring.

The goal of Mission Cataract USA is to eradicate blindness due to cataracts in our country and bring as many people as possible from blindness to useful productive lives.  We hope to have Mission Cataract surgeons in all 50 states so that no one in the United States will go without needed cataract surgery due to finances We want to make sure every vision impaired person in America without insurance or financial resources learns about this remarkable program. 

One ophthalmologist said simply, “This is the best thing we’ve ever done.”  Patients whose sight has been restored exclaim, “It’s a miracle!”

Here is a list of the Mission Cataract 2008 participating doctors and medical clinics.  If you would like to be a participant and get your clinic listed here, please fill out the contact form and a Mission Cataract volunteer will get in touch with you soon.

For more information about Mission Cataract USA surgeons, call 800-343-7265.

ARIZONA

Eyes of Arizona Vision and Surgery Center
40 Capri Blvd, #102
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Contact: Michelle Snyder
928-855-9477

CALIFORNIA

Kaiser Permanente
10725 International Dr.
Rancho Cordova, CA
Contact: Clint McClanahan, M.D.
916-973-7159

 

Valley Eye Institute and Ambulatory Surgical Center
Dr. Chad Reder
1680 E. Herndon Ave.
Fresno, CA  93711
559-432-4200

Zeiter Eye

Zeiter Eye Group

Zeiter Eye Medical Group, Inc.
255 E. Weber Ave.
Stockton, CA 95202
Contact:  John H. Zeiter, MD
209-466-5566

Dougherty Laser Vision
321 North Larchmont Blvd.,
10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: 888-89-LASIK
Contact: Zilia Alvarez


FLORIDA

Center For Sight

Center For Sight
1360 E. Venice Ave.
Venice FL 34285
Phone: 941-480-2137
Contact: Lori Kagan
 
Center for Sight 

Aker Kasten

Aker-Kasten Surgical Eye Center
1445 N. W. Boca Raton Blvd.
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Phone: 561-338-7722 Ext. 259
Contact: Ann Rizzuto, R.N.

Eye Specialists

Eye Specialists
Michael Lamensdorf, M. D., F.A.C. S.
1428 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarosota, Florida 34239
Contact: Susan Scott
941-957-4987

HAWAII

Cataract and Vision Center of Hawaii
1712 Liliha St., Suite 400
Honolulu, HI 96817
Contact: Danielle Wilson
808-524-1010

 


IDAHO
 
Eagle Eye Surgery and Laser Center, PLLC
3090 Gentry Way, Suite 100
Meridian, ID 83642
208-288-1600
Lindi Archer, RN BSN-Clinical Director


 

KANSAS

Fry Eye Associates, P.A.

Fry Eye Associates, P.A.
310 Walnut Street
Garden City, KS 67846
Contact: Teresa Guerrero
620-275-7248

Hunkeler Eye Instititute
7950 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210
Phone: 913-338-4733
Contact: Lynne Stolz, Administrator

KENTUCKY

Downing-McPeak Vision Centers, Inc.
1507 Bravo Blvd.
Glasgow, KY 42141
Contact: Sheryl Garrett
Phone: 270-651-2181 
Contact: Alicia Vowels

MICHIGAN

The Surgery Center
5080 North Royal Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
Contact: Sally Downer
231-929-2500

Cedar Run Eye Center
3830 West Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Contact:  Cathy Smith
231-929-3888


NEW JERSEY

Northern NJ Eye Institute

 
 

 

 

Northern NJ Eye Institute
71 Second Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
Contact: Rosanne Jacoby
973-763-2203 


NEW YORK

New York Eye Surgery Center

 
 

 

New York Eye Surgery Center
101 Pelham Parkway North
Bronx, NY 10469
Contact: Clara Napollitano
718-519-1000 


OHIO

Ohio Eye Alliance

Ohio Eye Alliance, Inc.
985 Sawburg
Alliance, OH 44601 
Contact:  Jan Hobson
330-823-1680 

 

OREGON

Weston Eye Center

Weston Eye Center
2435 NW Kline
Rosenburg, OR  97470
Contact:  Kathleen
541-672-2020

Klamath Eye Center

Klamath Eye Center
2640 Biehn St., Suite 3
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Contact: Malena Wittman
541-884-3148

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Memorial Eye Institute
4100 Linglestown Road
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17112
Contact: Lydia Zampelli
717-657-2020

Mission Cataract

Department of Ophthalmology
Geisinger Health System
100 N. Academy Ave
Danville, PA 17822-2120 
Ph- 570-271-6531
Physicians:
Herb Ingraham, MD, coordinator and primary contact)
Robert Notz, MD
Kendall Dobbins, MD
Nathalie Guibord, MD
Steven Marks, MD
Tom Wilson, MD
Jing Zhao, MD
Dennis Derck, DO

Optometrists:
Marty Earley, OD
Judith Bianchi- Bowser, OD
Donald Egan, OD

TEXAS

Panhandle Eye Group

Panhandle Eye Group, LLC.
7310 Fleming Ave
Amarillo, TX 79106
Contact: Carol Pearson & Kathy Eve
806-354-8891

 

UTAH

Cataract & Lasik Center of Utah

Cataract & Lasik Center of Utah
175 North 400 West
Orem, UT 84057
Contact: Christie Sandberg
801-224-6767

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Free Eye Care From Vision USA

VISION USA Open year-round

  • More than 40 million low-income, working people in the United States cannot afford the cost of routine eye care or the health insurance that covers it. As income earners, they don't qualify for government aid and private health-care assistance.

  • Now a year-round program, VISION USA can help these people by providing basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to the many uninsured low-income people and their families who have no other means of obtaining care.

  • VISION USA, started nationwide in 1991, is a program developed by doctors of optometry who are members of the American Optometric Association. Approximately 340,000 low income working Americans have benefited from free eye exams through VISION USA.
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Eligibility

The program is open to children and adults of all ages who qualify. Here are the general eligibility requirements, although they may vary by state. To receive free services, individuals must:

  1. Have a job or live in a household where there is one working member;

  2. Have no vision insurance (this may include Medicare/Medicaid);

  3. Have income below an established level based on household size; and

  4. Not have had an eye exam within 2 years.

If an individual or family is eligible, they will be matched with a volunteer doctor of optometry who will provide a comprehensive eye exam at no charge. The doctors are donating their services and may be limited in some areas. Eyewear may also be provided at no cost or for a small fee/donation in some states.

How To Get Care

Residents of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming should click here for screening instructions.

If you live in a state not listed above and want to apply, you may complete an online application by clicking here.

OR

For a mail-in application:

  • Applications are also available by writing to VISION USA, 243 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141.

    OR

  • We also take applications by phone.  Call us at 1-800/766-4466, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., CST, Monday through Friday to apply.

For additional information contact:

VISION USA
243 North Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
Fax: 314/991-4101
E-mail: visionusa@aoa.org

Related Information

As part of VISION USA's support of "America's Promise," we made a commitment to provide information on the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). SCHIP provides affordable health insurance to children and youth in working families. To obtain information about the free and affordable coverage available in your state, you can call a toll-free hotline 1-877-KIDS NOW. This number will connect parents of potentially eligible children directly with people in their state who can assist them in enrolling in the state children's health insurance programs. Please note, the program may be called something other than SCHIP in your state.

In 1999, VISION USA joined forces with America's Promise, The Alliance for Youth, founding chairman General Colin L. Powell. With over one million children in this country not getting basic eye care, VISION USA hopes to help these children, families and individuals by providing examinations and doctors willing to help.

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Free Diabetes Eye Care For People Over 65

The Diabetes EyeCare Program promotes annual, dilated eye exams for people with diabetes. It raises awareness of diabetic eye disease, including diabetic retinopathy, provides free diabetic eye disease educational materials and facilitates access to eye care – at no out-of-pocket expense.

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Approximately 16 million people in the United States have diabetes and one-third of them do not know it.

Diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness among adults and people with diabetes are 25 times more likely to become blind than people without it.

By detecting and treating diabetic eye disease early through annual, dilated eye exams, people with diabetes can preserve their sight.

Learn more about Diabetic Retinopathy »

Diabetic Retinopathy Risk Factors »

Qualifications

The Diabetes EyeCare Program is designed for people who:

  • Are age 65 and older
  • Are US citizens or legal residents
  • Have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years
  • Do not belong to an HMO or the VA

To determine if you, a family member or friend qualify for a referral through this program, call 1-800-272-EYES (3937) toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Benefits

People eligible for a referral through the program receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of care—at no out-of-pocket cost—for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Volunteer ophthalmologists accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full.

Eyeglasses, prescription drugs, hospital services, fees of other medical professionals are not included.

Eligible for a free eye exam?

To see if you qualify call:

1-800-222-EYES

(1-800-222-3937)

More info »

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Free Glaucoma Eye Care

Early Detection Can Help Preserve Sight

The Glaucoma EyeCare Program promotes early detection and treatment of glaucoma. It raises awareness of glaucoma risk factors such as family history, race, age, provides free glaucoma educational materials and facilitates access to a glaucoma eye exam.

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Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, and the most common cause of blindness among African Americans. More than three million people have glaucoma, but half do not realize it because there are often no warning symptoms. People who have a family history of glaucoma, are African American, or are age 60 or older are at increased risk. Early detection and treatment of glaucoma can preserve sight.

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Determine whether you are at risk for glaucoma »

Qualifications

The Glaucoma EyeCare Program is designed for people who:

  • Are US citizens or legal residents
  • Have not had an eye exam in 12 months or more
  • Are at increased risk for glaucoma (family history, race, age)
  • Do not belong to an HMO or the VA

To determine if you, a family member or friend qualify for a GEP referral call 1-800-391-EYES (3937) toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Benefits

Those eligible for a referral through the glaucoma program receive a glaucoma eye exam and the initiation of treatment, if deemed necessary. Uninsured patients will receive the above care at no charge. Patients with insurance will be billed and are responsible for any co-payments and/or the cost of the eye examination.

Eyeglasses, medicines, hospital services and fees of other medical professionals are not included.

Our Partners and Sponsors

This program is sponsored by Pfizer Ophthalmics.

For additional information about glaucoma, visit the Glaucoma Research Foundation.

Call 1-877-887-6327and request a FREE VHS copy of the Glaucoma & You video
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Free Eye Care For People Over 65

Helping People Over 65 Preserve Sight

The Seniors EyeCare Program ensures that every senior has access to medical eye care and promotes annual, dilated eye exams. It raises awareness about age-related eye disease, including cataracts, provides free eye care educational materials and facilitates access to eye care—at no out-of-pocket cost.

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By age 65, one in three Americans has some form of vision impairing eye disease. Most do not know it because there are often no warning symptoms or they assume that poor sight is a natural part of growing older. By detecting and treating eye disease early through annual, dilated eye exams, seniors can preserve their sight.

Learn more about Cataract and its treatment »

Cataract risk factors »

Qualifications

The Seniors EyeCare Program is designed for people who:

  • Are US citizens or legal residents
  • Are age 65 and older
  • Have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years
  • Do not belong to an HMO or the VA

To determine if you, a family member or friend qualify for a referral through this program, call 800-222-EYES (3937) toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Benefits

People eligible for a referral through the program receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of treatment — at no out-of-pocket cost —for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam.

Volunteer ophthalmologists accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full; patients without insurance receive care at no charge.

EyeCare America offers multiple eye care programs for which individuals may qualify. Callers will automatically be screened to determine the program that provides the most appropriate eye care services. Callers who have not had an eye exam in the past 12 months and are at increased risk for glaucoma may be eligible for a glaucoma eye exam through our Glaucoma EyeCare Program.

Eyeglasses, prescription drugs, hospital services, and fees of other medical professionals are not included in this program.

Our Partners and Sponsors

EyeCare America partners with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging: Making the Link Program.

Patient Advocate Foundation's Co-Pay Relief (PAF CPR) provides co-payment assistance for pharmaceutical products to insured Americans who financially and medically qualify. Visit www.copays.org for more information.

This program is co-sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. and Alcon and endorsed by state ophthalmological societies.

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