Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Free Eye Care Exam Program

The American Academy of Ophthalmology created a public service foundation called EyeCare America in 1985 to raise awareness about eye disease and to reduce avoidable blindness. EyeCare America has several programs which help people to afford eye care, including a Seniors EyeCare program.

The Seniors EyeCare Program has the following requirements:
  • must be age 65 or older
  • are US citizens or legal residents
  • have not seen an ophthalmologist for at least three years
  • do not belong to the VA or an HMO
You can call 1-800-222-3937 to determine if you qualify for this program or qualify for other eye care programs which they administer. The benefits of this program are "... 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." However, eyeglasses, prescription drugs, etc. are not included in this program.

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