Eye Care
Below is a list of DSA Approved Eye Care Financial Assistance Providers. No one agency ownes this list. It is free to copy and distribute at will.

Contact your local Department of Human Services of Hospital office or contact the following.

Social Security Administration
Telephone: 1-800-772-1213
Website: www.ssa.gov

Association of Blind Citizens - Operates the Assistive Technology Fund, which provides funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software.
Telephone: (781) 961-1023
Website: www.blindcitizens.org

Celebrate Sight - Coordinated by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) offering free examinations and treatment for glaucoma to people who do not have medical insurance.
Telephone: 1-800-391-EYES
Website: www.aao.org/public/glaucoma/gl_2001.html

Co-Pay Relief Program - part of the Patient Advocate Foundation, this service helps pay for the co-pays for pharmaceutical treatments such as Visudyne, Macugen and Lucentis. All patients who carry primary insurance (even Medicare) are eligible. Reimbursements are possible retroactively for up to a year.
Telephone: 1-866-512-3861

Directory of Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs - Published by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, identifies company programs that provide prescription medications free of charge to physicians for their needy patients.
Telephone: 1-800-PMA-INFO
Address: 549 Millburn Ave, P.O. Box 332, Short Hills NJ 07078-0332
Directory available online at www.phrma.org/patients

EyeCare America - National Eye Care Project, coordinated by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), provides free and low-cost eye exams for U.S. citizens 65 and older who have not had access to an ophthalmologist in the past three years.
Telephone: 1-800-222-EYES
Website: www.aao.org/public/pi/service/necp.htm

Knights Templar Eye Foundation - Provides assistance for eye surgery for people who are unable to pay or receive adequate assistance from current government agencies or similar sources.
Telephone: (773) 205-3838
Website: www.knightstemplar.org/ktef Address: 5097 North Elston Ave, Ste 100, Chicago IL 60630-2460

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 telephone number and address of your local organization.
Telephone of National Office: (630) 571-5466
Website: www.lionsclub.org
Address: 300 E 22nd St, Oakbrook IL 60523

Mission Cataract USA - Coordinated nationally by the Volunteer Eye Surgeons' Association providing free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no other means to pay. Free eye examinations and surgeries are scheduled annually on one day, usually in May.
Telephone: (800) 343-7265

New Eyes for the Needy - Provides vouchers for the purchase of new prescription eyeglasses.
Telephone: (973) 376-4903
Address: 549 Millburn Ave, P.O. Box 332, Short Hills NJ 07078-0332

Rx Assist - Help in accessing pharmaceutical companies' patient assistance programs.
Website: www.rxassist.org/Search.cfm

S.E.E. International - Free sight-restoring surgery for patients who are not eligible for any other social service programs. Referral required from a recognized social service organization.
Telephone: (805) 963-3303/1-80020-TO-SEE (86-733)
Website: www.seeintl.org
Address: 7200 Hollister Ave, Unit A, Goleta CA 93117

Sight for Students - A Vision Service Plan (VSP) program in partnership with The Entertainment Industry Foundation, providing eye exams and glasses to children 18 years and younger whose families cannot afford vision care.
Telephone: 1-888-290-4964
Website: www.sightforstudents.org

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