Many state and national resources regularly provide aid to people with vision problems. The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington does not help individuals pay for eye care. However, if you are in need of financial aid to assess or treat an eye problem, one or more of the following programs may help.
You may also contact a social worker at a local hospital or other community agency. Social workers often are knowledgeable about community resources that can help people facing financial and medical problems.
The Association of Blind Citizens
The Association of Blind Citizens offers funding to cover 50% of the cost of adaptive devices and software for eligible applicants. The products must retail between $200 and $6,000. To be eligible, you must have a family income of less than $50,000, cash assets of less than $20,000, be legally blind and a U.S. resident. Deadlines for applications are June 30 and December 31 for each grant period (two per year). For information and an application form, visit www.blindcitizens.org.
Howard University Hospital Eye Clinic
Howard University Hospital Eye Clinic offers a limited number of eye exams each year for people with no health insurance and/or no job. Howard University Hospital Eye Clinic does accept Medicaid. Call (202) 865-1257 for more information.
Washington Hospital Center
Washington Hospital Center offers a limited number of eye exams each year for people with no health insurance and/or no job. Washington Hospital Center does accept Medicaid. Call (202) 877-3937 for more information.
Lions Clinic at INOVA Fairfax Hospital
The Lions Clinic at INOVA Fairfax Hospital requires a certificate of no health insurance and referral by the Health Department (i.e. Casey Clinic in Alexandria 703-519-5979; Arlington Health Department 703-979-1400; Bailey's Health Center 703-237-3446; North County Health Center 703-689-2180; South County Health Center 703-704-5333). Call the Lions Clinic at INOVA Fairfax Hospital at (703) 876-2700 for an appointment once you receive a certificate of no health insurance and referral.
EyeCare America is a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and provides free and low-cost eye exams for qualified U.S. citizens 65 and over who have not had access to an ophthalmologist in the past three years. For more information, call (800) 222-EYES (3937) or visit www.eyecareamerica.org.
Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington
Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington provides low-cost eyeglasses at its clinic with a prescription from an ophthalmologist. Learn more about our clinic or call (202) 269-0203 for more information.