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Financial Assistance

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

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

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

American Glaucoma Society Cares

American Glaucoma Society
655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (415) 561-8587
Fax: (415) 561-8531
Email: [email protected]


AGS Cares is a public service program of the AGS Foundation that is dedicated to providing surgical glaucoma care at no cost to uninsured patients who qualify for such care. The glaucoma care is provided by members of a national network of volunteers comprising glaucoma surgeons who are AGS active or provisional members.

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

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

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.

Foundation Fighting Blindness: My Retina Tracker® Program


The My Retina Tracker Program provides individuals with a clinical diagnosis of an inherited retinal degeneration (IRD) no-cost genetic testing and genetic counseling. This program is sponsored by the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Blueprint Genetics performs the genetic testing. After testing, you will receive genetic counseling from InformedDNA at no cost.

Genentech Access Solutions

Phone: (888) 249-4918 or
(866) 422-2377
Fax: (888) 249-4919

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.

The HealthWell Foundation

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

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


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 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

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.


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

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

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
[email protected]

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.


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

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

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.


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

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.

Mission Cataract USA

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

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

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.

New Eyes for the Needy

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

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.

OneSight’s OnSite Voucher Program

Phone: (888) 935-4589

Through OneSight’s OnSite Voucher Program, eligible patients can receive glasses free of charge. The patient should:

1. Have their visual and financial need verified by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (such as a school, church, Lions Club, Prevent Blindness, Red Cross, or United Way).
2. Obtain a referral letter from the nonprofit (letter should be on company letterhead and include the Tax ID# for the nonprofit).
3. Take the referral letter issued by the nonprofit as well as a valid prescription to a participating Luxottica Retail Location (LensCrafters, Target Optical, Sears Optical or Pearle Vision corporate store) to receive a pair of glasses at no charge.
4. If the patient does not already have a valid prescription (one that is less than 1 year old) he or she can ask if the onsite doctor at the optical retailer is able to donate an eye exam or they can reach out to Prevent Blindness for assistance.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

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

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)
[email protected]

The Patient Access Network (PAN Foundation is dedicated to helping people living with life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases with the out-of-pocket costs for their prescribed medications. PAN provides the underinsured population access to the healthcare treatments they need to best manage their conditions and focus on improving their quality of life.

Created by the PAN Foundation, FundFinder is a web-based app designed to help patients with life-threatening, chronic or rare diseases quickly find financial assistance. To learn more about FundFinder, visit: https://fundfinder.panfoundation.org.

Sight for Students, a Vision Service Plan (VSP)

Phone: (888) 290-4964