Resources for Free/Low-Cost Pediatric Eye Exams and Eyeglasses
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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 eyeglasses or an eye exam for a child, 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. Many of the programs listed below are state-specific. Be sure to call to review specific eligibility requirements. 

Eyeglasses


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.

Eye Exams (Various Locations)


InfantSee - American Academy of Ophthalmology

Participating optometrists provide a free comprehensive eye assessment for infants between 6 and 12 months of age. Call (888) 396-3937 or visit infantsee.org to locate a participating provider in your area.

Sight for Students - Vision Service Plan

Provides free eye exams to low-income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and Vision Service Plan network eye doctors who provide the services. Visit sightforstudents.org to locate a partner (generally a school) using your zip code. Call (888) 867-8867 for additional information.

VISION USA - American Optometric Association

Provides free eye exams to eligible, low-income individuals. If you are eligible to recieve services, you will be matched with a volunteer doctor of optometry who will provide a comprehensive eye exam at no charge. Must be referred by a community partner. Visit www.aoafoundation.org/vision-usa/find-referral-agency to locate a partner in your community. Call (800) 766-4466 for additional information.

Eye Exams (Maryland)


Prince George's County Department of Health - Care for Kids Program

Program provides free eye exams to uninsured children who live in Prince George's County, Maryland. Call (301) 324-2925 to schedule an appointment, or visit their website for more information.

Montgomery County Care for Kids Program

Provides access to health care services for uninsured children who live in Montgomery County, Maryland. Pediatric care includes optometry and other limited specialty care services. Call (240) 777-0311 for more information, or visit their website

Eye Exams (Virginia)


Lions Club of District 24-A Telephone Help Hotlines

Special telephone help hotlines are provided by your local Lions Clubs. When leaving a message on the voice mail system, speak slowly and clearly. It is requested that you provide the following information: Your name, address, phone number, a brief description of the help required, and best time of day to contact you. 

Hotline Phone Numbers:

  • Northern Virginia: (703) 339-1669
  • Prince William County: (703) 335-5400
  • Sterling, VA: (703) 723-0077
  • Fauquier County: (540) 347-6400

Lions Club of District 24-A Eye Clinic at Fairfax Hospital

The Lions Eye Clinic provides basic eye care to people who can not afford care. Any Lions Club throughout District 24-A can refer individuals to the Lions Eye Clinic for treatment and or surgery. This can be arranged by calling the Lions Clubs of District 24-A Telephone Help Hotlines listed above. Referrals to the Clinic are also made by the Fairfax County Health Department, Arlington County Health Department, Arlington Free Clinic, Baileys Crossroads Health Clinic, Alexandria Casey Clinic, and South County Health Clinic. Visit their website for more information. 

Lions Club of District 24-A Sight and Hearing Mobile Screening Unit

Provides free sight and hearing screenings to the men, women, and children of Northern Virginia. The Mobile Screening Van travels regularly throughout Northern Virginia. A schedule of upcoming screening locations is available on their website.

Fairfax County Department of Health

Offers a basic eye exam and glasses to Fairfax County residents who meet the eligibility criteria, which include County residency and income eligibility. Call (703) 246-7127 for more information, or visit their website.

George Mason University's Mason and Partners Clinic

With locations in Manassas, Springfield, and Culmore, these clinics provide vision screening and treatment initiation. A maximum of 20 patients are able to be seen each clinic day. All patients are seen on a first come, first served basis - no appointments. Clinic schedule is available on their website. Send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Mission Life Center

Mission Life Center aims to offer holistic healthcare services to meet the needs of our beloved patients. Eligibility requirements include residency in Virginia. Call (401) 379-0652 for more information, or visit their website

Washington, DC


Children's National Health System

Children’s National has a Financial Assistance Policy (FAP) to provide eligible patients with discounted emergency or other medically necessary healthcare services provided by Children’s National.  If you require assistance with your bill including setting up a payment plan you can speak with a customer service representative by calling (301) 572-3542 for more information.