Following is a list of contact information for organizations and services that provide financial assistance for vision care.

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeCare America® Program

The American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeCare America® Program
P.O. Box 429098
San Francisco, CA 94142-9098
Phone: (877) 887-6327
Fax: (415) 561-8567
www.aao.org/eyecareamerica

The American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeCare America® Program
P.O. Box 429098
San Francisco, CA 94142-9098
www.aao.org/eyecareamerica
Phone: (877) 887-6327
Fax: (415) 561-8567

EyeCare America provides eye care to US citizens and legal residents through volunteer ophthalmologists, often at no out-of-pocket cost to those who qualify. Visit www.aao.org/eyecareamerica to find out if you or someone you know qualifies for eye care. More than 90 percent of care provided is at no out-of-pocket cost to EyeCare America patients.

To be eligible for the Seniors program, you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Are age 65 or older
  • Do not belong to an HMO or have eye care benefits through the VA
  • Have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years.

If you are not eligible for the Seniors program, you may qualify for the Glaucoma Program, which provides a glaucoma eye exam at no cost to those who are uninsured.

To be eligible for the Glaucoma program, you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Do not belong to an HMO or have eye care benefits through the VA
  • Have not had an eye exam in 12 months or more
  • Are at increased risk for glaucoma, determined by your age, race, and family history of glaucoma

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 510
Rockville, Maryland 20852
Phone: (301) 231-5944
Fax: (301) 770-1828
www.opted.org

Many optometry schools offer low-cost care to people willing to be treated by supervised students. They may also provide free care to people who join research studies.

Genentech Access Solutions

Phone: (888) 249-4918 or
(866) 422-2377
Fax: (888) 249-4919
http://www.genentech-access.com/avastin/hcp

Genentech Access Solutions ssists patients who are concerned about access to Avastin (a drug treatment for AMD developed by Genentech) and assists them with health insurance coverage and reimbursement issues.

Good Days

6900 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 200
Plano, TX 75024
Toll-free Patient Info: (877) 968-7233
Main: (972) 608-7141

Good Days povides financial support by covering prohibitively costly co-pays for those with life-altering conditions, allowing them to receive treatment without destroying their finances.

    The HealthWell Foundation

    P.O. Box 4133
    Gaithersburg, MD 20878
    Phone: (800) 675-8416
    Fax: (800) 282-7692
    www.healthwellfoundation.org

    The HealthWell Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover co-insurance,  co-payments, healthcare premiums and deductibles for certain treatments.

     

    The Hill Burton Program

    Health Resources and Services Administration
    5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10C-16
    Rockville, Maryland 20857
    Phone: (800) 492-0359 (Maryland residents) (800) 638-0742
    www.hrsa.gov/get-health-care/affordable/hill-burton/index.html

    Participating hospitals and other healthcare facilities provide medical care for free, or at reduced cost, to those who meet eligibility requirements based on family size and income. Procedures covered vary from hospital to hospital. A list of assisting sites available in your state is located online.

    InfantSEE

    Optometry Cares
    The Foundation of the American Optometric Association
    243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Floor 1
    St. Louis, MO 63141
    Phone: (888) 396-EYES (3937)
    www.infantsee.org

    InfantSEE optometrists provide a no-cost comprehensive eye and vision assessment for infants within the first year of life regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage.

    Lions Clubs International

    300 22nd Street
    Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
    Phone: (630) 571-5466
    (800) 747-4448
    www.lionsclubs.org

    Provides financial assistance to individuals for eye care through local clubs. On their website, go to “Find a Club” to locate your local club.

    Lucentis® Access Solutions

    Phone: (866) 724-9394 or (866) 422-2377
    Fax: (866) 724-9412
    accesssolutionsluc-d@gene.com
    www.genentech-access.com/lucentis/patients

    Assists patients who are concerned about access to Lucentis (a drug treatment for AMD developed by Genentech) and assists them with health insurance coverage and reimbursement issues.

    Medicaid

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244
    Phone: (877)267-2323
    www.medicaid.gov

    Information and assistance can be found at the Medicare.gov website and the individual state Medicaid websites (Go to the menu and select "State Resources"). Generally, the best place to start is the Medicaid office of your particular state. Most of the numbers listed here are for program issues and general questions and information.

    Medicare

    Medicare Contact Center
    Operations
    P.O. Box 1270
    Lawrence, KS 66044
    Phone: (800) MEDICARE (633-4227)
    www.medicare.gov

    Medicare beneficiaries, family members, and caregivers can visit Medicare.gov, the Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare, for the latest information on Medicare enrollment, benefits, and other helpful tools.

    Mission Cataract USA

    6716 N. Cedar Avenue
    Suite 212
    Fresno, California 93710
    Phone: (800) 343-7265*
    www.missioncataractusa.org

    Coordinated by the Volunteer Eye Surgeon's Association, it is a program for providing free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no Medicare, Medicaid, third party insurance or any other means to pay for needed cataract surgery.

    National Federation of the Blind

    200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
    Baltimore, Maryland 21230
    Phone: (410) 659-9314
    www.nfb.org

    NFB works o improve social and economic conditions of blind persons by providing evaluations of present programs and assistance in establishing new ones; awards scholarships to blind persons; has a public education program including speakers’ bureau; and has several special interest divisions, including those for diabetics, educators, lawyers, parents of blind children, students and public employees. The National Federation of the Blind has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters.

    NeedyMeds

    Post Office Box 219
    Gloucester, MA 01930
    Phone: (978) 865-4115
    Fax: (206) 260-8850
    www.needymeds.com

    They provide information obtained directly from the drug manufacturers regarding special programs to assist people who can’t afford to buy the drugs they need.

    New Eyes for the Needy

    549 Millburn Avenue
    Post Office Box 332
    Short Hills, NJ 07078
    Phone: (973) 376-4903
    Fax: (973) 376-3807
    www.new-eyes.org

    New Eyes provides a basic pair of single or lined bifocal lenses. A New Eyes voucher is for individuals who have no other resources with which to obtain a basic pair of eyeglasses. Applicants must have an eye exam including their pupilary distance (PD) measurement before applying.

    Partnership for Prescription Assistance

    1100 15th Street, Northwest
    Washington, DC 20005
    Phone: (888) 477-2669
    Fax: (202) 835-3414
    www.pparx.org

    This website is designed to help people find patient assistance programs for which they may qualify.

    Patient Access Network Foundation

    PO Box 221858
    Charlotte, NC 28222
    Phone: (866) 316-PANF (7263)
    contact@patientaccessnetwork.org
    www.panfoundation.org

    The PAN Foundation offers over 60 disease-specific assistance programs to help patients pay for their out-of-pocket costs, such as deductibles, co-pays and coinsurance, travel expenses and health insurance premiums.

    Sight for Students, a Vision Service Plan (VSP)

    Phone: (888) 290-4964
    www.sightforstudents.org

    VSP provides free eye care services to qualifying students (18 years and younger) whose families' income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Services include an eye exam from one of VSP's participating doctors and glasses, if prescribed. Contact your local Prevent Blindness America affiliate or Prevent Blindness for more details.