Eye Care Resources for Low Income Families

August 6, 2012

One of our CSN partners recently queried the Community Support Network about finding a local program that helps low income families access eye exams and affordable glasses. The response was so great and so informative  that it’s being posted as a news item. Here are some of the responses:

  • Many people said to contact one of our local Lion’s Clubs. Lions Clubs International provides financial assistance to individuals for eye care through its local clubs. You can find a local Lions Club by using the “club locator” feature on the organization’s website.
  • Terri Fransen of Hospitality House mentioned Grass Valley Eye Care (Dr. Holcomb) 530-273-6000
  • Lyn Skrukrud says Eye to Eye takes Medicare and offers $75 glasses. Their number is 530-272-2238
  • Ned Russell of Got 40? recommends http://www.californiavision.org/
  • Sharyn Turner, Countywide Health Coordinator for Nevada County Schools says, “We  in the schools have contacts with each Lion’s Club in Nevada County where we can refer a student for vision services and glasses. If they qualify for Medi-Cal, we refer to Grass Valley Eye Care with Dr. Tanya Markis-Meyer (530) 273-6000) where they will take those with insurance as well as Healthy Families. If adults, I would start with Dr. Tanya, since she works very close to the Lion’s Club, so she can direct you to a specific person depending where the individual lives and determines which Lion’s Club to ask.”
  • Brooke Rose from the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation sent the following information: VISION USA, coordinated by the Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation, provides free eye exams to uninsured, low-income workers and their families. For more information about VISION USA, call 1-800-766-4466.
  • Sight for Students, a Vision Service Plan (VSP) program, provides eye free exams and free glasses to low-income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network eye doctors who provide the services. VSP founded Sight for Students in 1997 and was one of the original commitment-makers to America’s Promise, which strives to bring together organizations dedicated to helping America’s youth. For more information about Sight for Students, call 1-888-290-4964 or visit the Sight for Students website.
  • New Eyes for the Needy is a non-profit, non-sectarian volunteer organization that purchases new eyeglasses for poor children and adults in the United States. The organization also recycles donated glasses for distribution to indigent people in developing nations worldwide. Founded in 1932, New Eyes for the Needy has provided free eyeglasses to more than 7 million people in the U.S. and around the world. The organization is based in Short Hills, New Jersey. For more information about New Eyes for the Needy, call 1-973-376-4903 or visit the New Eyes for the Needy website.