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Clinical Education: Eye Care
Interprofessional Fostering of Ophthalmic Care for Underserved Sectors (InFOCUS)
A non-profit agency promoting eye care for underserved communities. Provides trainings on primary eye care and use of the Focometer.
Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit
The Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit helps community health workers provide sight-saving information to people with diabetes. The Toolkit is available in English and Spanish and includes a:
People eligible for a referral through the program receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of treatmentâ€”at no out-of-pocket costâ€”for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Volunteer ophthalmologists accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full. 1-800-222-EYES (3937)
Public health program designed to ensure early detection of eye conditions in babies. Member optometrists provide a free comprehensive infant eye assessment to children younger than one year.
Knights Templar Eye Foundation
Assistance for eye surgery for people who are unable to pay or receive adequate assistance from current government agencies or similar sources. 1000 East State Parkway, Suite I, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Phone: (847) 490-3838.
Lions Clubs International
Provides financial assistance to individuals for eye care through local clubs. A local club can be found by using the "club locator" button found on their website. Phone: (630) 571-5466 x393
Mission Cataract USA
Volunteer Eye Surgeons' Association, 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. Phone: 1-800-343-7265
National Keratoconus Assistance Foundation
Financial support to patients who need surgical and optometric treatment for keratoconus and other corneal problems.
Sight For Students
A VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. Operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide the eyecare services. Call 1-800-877-7195 Monday - Friday 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Pacific Time to speak with Member Services.
Providing basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to the many uninsured low-income people and their families who have no other means of obtaining care. Apply on line, mail or by phone. 1-800/766-4466, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., CST