Blind & Low Vision Resources
California Vision Project
The California Vision Project is a non-profit, optometric charity designed to provide low-income, uninsured families and individuals throughout the state of California with free comprehensive eye exams and glasses. To be eligible for an exam through the California Vision Project, patients must qualify as low-income, must not have had an eye exam in the past two years, must not have any insurance (government or private - this includes Medi Cal and Medicare) that covers vision services, and must submit a $10 non-refundable administrative fee to accompany their application. Applicants are screened for eligibility, and those who are approved are matched with an optometrist from their area. Comprehensive exams and, in most cases, eyeglasses frames are donated free of charge by volunteer optometrists.
Toll Free: (800) 877-5738
Spanish: (909) 483-7761
The public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Opthalmology, provides eye care through volunteer opthalmologists at no cost to those who qualify. Those who are 65 or older and who have not seen an opthalmologist 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 inital exam. Those who are determined to be at increased risk for glaucoma 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.
Phone: (877) 887-6327
Lions Clubs International
Provides financial assistance to individuals for eye care through local clubs. There are Lions Clubs in most localities, and services vary from club to club. Check your telephone book for the number and address of your local club.
Phone: (630) 571-5466
Mission Cataract USA
Coordinated by the Volunteer Eye Surgeons' Association, Mission Cataract USA 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. To qualify for this free community service, applicants must have: poor vision, due to cataracts uncorrectable with glasses, which interferes with activities of daily living, no Medicare, Medi-cal, or third party insurance coverage, and no other means to pay for cataract surgery.
Sight for Students
A Vision Service Plan (VSP) program in partnership with The Entertainment Industry Foundation, provides eye exams and glasses to children 18 years and younger whose families cannot afford vision care.
Phone: (888) 867-8867
To find more resources in your area, visit the Ability Tools Service Directory!