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

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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.

Avastin® Access Solutions

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

Assists 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.

Chronic Disease Fund

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

Chronic Disease Fund® is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitableorganization helping patients with chronic disease, cancers or life-altering conditions obtain the expensive medications they need.

Elected Official

Check with your state elected official.

EyeCare America®

The Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology 
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 (Eye M.D.s) at no cost to those who qualify. Go to the website or call to find out if you qualify for eye care. EyeCare America facilitates eye care for U.S. citizens or legal residents who are without an Eye M.D. and who do not belong to an HMO or do not have eye care coverage through the Veterans Administration.

Those who are age 65 or older and who have not seen an EyeMD in three or more years may be eligible to 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 will waive co-payments, accepting Medicare and /or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full: patients without insurance receive this care at no charge.

Those who are determined to be at increased risk for glaucoma (by age, race and family history) and have not had an eye exam in 12 months or more may be eligible to receive a free glaucoma eye exam if they are uninsured.Those with insurance will be billed for the exam and are responsible for any co-payments. The initiation of treatment is provided, if deemed necessary by the doctor during the exam.

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.

Health Department

Call your local office.

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

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

Information and assistance can be found at the website and the individual state Medicaid websites (see our “Medicaid by State” page). 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.


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244
Phone: (800) MEDICARE (633-4227)

Medicare beneficiaries, family members, and caregivers can visit, 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*

* Please note – you will receive a voice message when you call this number. Leave your contact info and someone will return your call. You can also visit their website for more information. Coordinated by the Volunteer Eye Surgeon’s Association, it 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.

National Council on Patient Information and Education

4915 Saint Elmo Avenue
Suite 505
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (301) 340-3940
Fax: (301) 656-4464

They provide free information on their website regarding the safe use of medicines.

National Federation of the Blind

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

They work to 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.


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.

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 new prescription eyeglasses to children and adults in need living in the United States (which they can apply for through a social service or primary care doctor referral). We accept used glasses to distribute to the poor throughout the developing world (due to federal regulations, used glasses cannot be distributed in the U.S.). Information on  how to apply to our program can be found on our website

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)

The Foundation operates co-pay assistance programs for patients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Macular Edema, Retinal Vein Occlusion and Uveitis. To qualify, patients should be insured and the insurance must cover the medication for which the patient seeks assistance, must reside and receive treatment in the United States, and must have a household income below 500% ($78,650 for a family of two) of the Federal Poverty Level (below 400%/$58,350 for Uveitis). Qualifying patients can receive $4,000/year for Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Macular Edema; $5,000/year for Retinal Vein Occlusion; and $1,500/year for Uveitis.

Public Aid

Check with your state, county, or city office.

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB)

Contact your local Medicare office for information on qualifying.

Salvation Army

Contact your local office.

Senior Centers

Contact your local center to see if they have financial resource information in your area.

Sight for Students, a Vision Service Plan (VSP)

Phone: (888) 290-4964

Contact your local Prevent Blindness America affiliate for more details. This program is in partnership with The Entertainment Industry Foundation, and provides eye exams and glasses to children 18 years old and younger whose families cannot afford vision care.

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Call your local Social Security Administration office for information on qualifying.

Social Workers

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

Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB)

Call your local Medicare office for information.

United Way

Check with your local office.


Optometry Cares
The Foundation of the American Optometric Association
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Floor 1
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: (800) 766-4466

VISION USA, an Optometry Cares program, provides free eye exams to low-income Americans across the U.S. Patients cannot have had an eye examination in the past 24 months. Applications may be obtained on the AOA website, along with more information. You must work with a charitable organization, social worker, case worker, community health agency to submit an application.  Applicants are to provide proof of household income for verification of income level eligibility.