Free Glasses and Eye Exams for the poor

Medi-Cal no longer covers glasses, and many people don’t have enough money for private insurance and earn too much for Medi-Cal anyway. How can they find glasses?

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VSP and Sight for Students

“Sight for Students is a VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide the eyecare services.”

http://www.sightforstudents.org/html/1589XA_SFSEnglishFlier0309.pdf

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The Gift of Sight and Lens Crafters

The Gift of Sight is  product of One Sight  and clients are referred to Lens Crafters by non-profit charitable organisations.

A letter referring the client is faxed to the local Lens Crafter’s store. STORE LOCATOR. The letter MUST INCLUDE the Tax ID number of the charity. It will also help to have contact information for a case manager so the store can schedule the appointment and have a reliable point of contact.

Be prepared to wait a few months for appointment. It is mid-June and the Burbank store is booked through September.

For Children who are not going through The Gift of Sight and don’t have insurance, the cost of glasses is discounted.

“Kids get 50% off Eyeglasses Everyday

No coupon required. This kids’ promotion applies only to the purchase of both a frame and FeatherWates® Plus, Complete, invisibles, Polarized, Reactint™ or Transitions® lenses for children age 12 and under. . Valid prescription required. Cannot be combined or used in conjunction with any vision care or insurance benefits or plans” –Lenscrafters

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You can give too!

Drop off your used eyeglasses at any store. The Lion’s Club accepts donated glasses by mail:

Lions Clubs International Headquarters
Attention: Receiving Department
300 W. 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA

The Lions Club International can re-purpose eyeglasses for about 8 cents a pair.

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4 thoughts on “Free Glasses and Eye Exams for the poor

  1. Hello my name is ELISA VIDAÑA and I am new to this city and I don’t have a job yet and I live with my sister and her husband and baby. My reason for this letter is because I am diabetic and I need glasses cause I can’t see well at night and I have headaches every day since the past 6 months. From the time I go to sleep to the time I wake up in the mourning. So please let me know who can help me. Thank you so much sincerely,elisa vidaña

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