National Vision Resources

Please contact organizations and providers directly. Operations and services may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eye Exams and Surgery

EyeCare America a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Provides comprehensive eye exams and care for up to one year, often at no out-of-pocket expense to eligible to those 65 and older through its seniors and Diabetes EyeCare Programs. Its Glaucoma EyeCare Program provides a glaucoma eye exam. The EyeCare America Children’s EyeCare Program educates parents and primary care providers about the importance of early childhood (newborn through 36 months of age) eye care. Telephone: (877) 887-6327, email: or visit the website:

Lions Clubs International provides financial assistance to individuals for eye care through local clubs. A local club can be found by using the “club locator” button found on their website at

Mission Cataract USA coordinated by the Volunteer Eye Surgeons’ Association, is a program providing free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no other means to pay. Surgeries are scheduled annually on one day, usually in May. Telephone: 1-(559) 797-1629. Website:

Operation Sight is the ASCRS Foundation’s U.S.- based charitable cataract surgery program. Its mission is to eliminate treatable cataract blindness in the United States. By leveraging the combined strength of established charitable organizations and ASCRS-member volunteer surgeons, Operation Sight is providing needed care to those unable to access or afford surgery. Website:

InfantSEE is a public health program designed to ensure early detection of eye conditions in babies.  AOA Member optometrists provide a free comprehensive infant eye assessment to children younger than one year. Telephone: (888) 396-3937. Website:


New Eyes for the Needy purchases basic prescription glasses for people in financial need in the U.S. Telephone: (973) 376-4903. Website:

Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) is proud to support charitable eye doctors across the U.S. by offering philanthropic programs to promote vision.  In 2018, EVF will launch a new program “Online Charity Portal” that offers in-kind lenses and frames as well as how-to’s and guides to expand vision services in the community.  The second program is an in-office cause campaign intended to inspire parents, patients and optometrists’ staff to adopt the cause of vision by helping to raise awareness and funds to support the cause.  Our third initiative highlights EVF’s sponsorship of Optometry Cares’ Healthy Eyes Healthy Children program that provides optometrists $5,000 grants to fund community-based vision programs.  Visit to sign up today.

Sight for Students a Vision Service Plan (VSP) program provides eye exams and glasses to children 18 years and younger whose families cannot afford vision care. Telephone: 1-888-290-4964. Website:


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