Here are the general eligibility requirements, although they may vary by state. To receive free services, individuals must:
1. Have a job or live in a household where there is one working member;
2. Have no vision insurance;
3. Have income below an established level based on household size; and
4. Not have had an eye exam within 2 years.
If an individual or family is eligible, they will be matched with a volunteer doctor of optometry who will provide a comprehensive eye exam at no charge. The doctors are donating their services and may be limited in some areas. Eyewear may also be provided at no cost or for a small fee/donation in some states.
How To Get CareFor specific information on how to apply, go to the VISION USA website at: http://www.aoa.org/visionusa/index.asp or
For additional information contact:
Ms. Carol Glick, VISION USA National Coordinator
243 North Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: 314/991-4100, ext. 261
E-mail: [email protected]
As part of VISION USAs support of "Americas Promise," we made a commitment to provide information on the State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). SCHIP provides affordable health insurance to children and youth in working families. To obtain information about the free and affordable coverage available in your state, you can call a toll-free hotline 1-877-KIDS NOW. This number will connect parents of potentially eligible children directly with people in their state who can assist them in enrolling in the state childrens health insurance programs. Please note, the program may be called something other than SCHIP in your state.
In 1999, VISION USA joined forces with Americas Promise, The Alliance for Youth, founding chairman General Colin L. Powell. With over one million children in this country not getting basic eye care, VISION USA hopes to help these children, families and individuals by providing examinations and doctors willing to help.
VSP, the nations largest provider of eye care, is the exclusive sponsor of the VISION USA program.