Need an Eye Exam, and You can't afford it?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-01-15 06:37:19 -0600
Started 2013-01-14 12:57:31 -0600

EyeCare America is a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Our mission is to preserve sight by raising awareness about eye disease and providing access to medical eye care.

By age 65, one in three Americans has some form of vision-limiting eye disease. To help address this growing need, EyeCare America provides eye care to US citizens and legal residents through volunteer ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) at no cost to those who qualify.

EyeCare America facilitates eye care for U.S. citizens or legal residents who are without an Eye M.D. and who do not belong to an HMO or do not have eye care coverage through the Veterans Administration.

Those who are age 65 or older and who have not seen an EyeMD in three or more years may be eligible to receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of care at no out-of-pocket cost for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Volunteer ophthalmologists will waive co-payments, accepting Medicare and /or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full: patients without insurance receive this care at no charge.

Those who are determined to be at increased risk for glaucoma (by age, race and family history) and have not had an eye exam in 12 months or more may be eligible to receive a free glaucoma eye exam if they are uninsured. Those with insurance will be billed for the exam and are responsible for any co-payments. The initiation of treatment is provided, if deemed necessary by the doctor during the exam.

If you were eligible for “up-to-one-year-of-care” portion of the program and require a re-referral to another ophthalmologist, you or the EyeCare America volunteer ophthalmologist MUST contact EyeCare America in order to continue receiving care through the program. We may be able to locate another EyeCare America volunteer to provide the care.

5 replies

diabetesfree 2013-01-15 06:37:19 -0600 Report

I'm surprised that there were no questions at all concerning income. I didn't qualify, I'm guessing since I'm not old enough? I'm 44. Also, I don't know what the status is with the majority of my family (on both sides) regarding glaucoma. So, I guess that must work against me as well.

Nick1962 2013-01-14 14:52:12 -0600 Report

Mays, I would urge those looking into this to be sure and check referrals. I have had some "less than positive' experences with this group, as have my neighbors.

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