Low-Cost Glaucoma Care

Resources for Low-Cost Care

Below are resources for those who need assistance in getting eye care, including uninsured, underinsured, Medicare, veterans, homeless, etc. Listings are organized by Nationwide, then State. The AGS is listing these organizations as a service to you. Please contact the organizations directly if you have questions or would like to take part in their programs.

Low Cost Resources

Services for Glaucoma Patients at Low- or No-cost, Nationwide

AGS Cares: Patient Eligibility and Enrollment Form

Services are available in most states for underserved glaucoma patients. Many counties, cities, and towns also offer support to struggling individuals and households. These resources are listed below; national programs first, followed by state services. Links are to external sites that are not affiliated with the American Glaucoma Society.

AAO EyeCare America

Hill-Burton Obligated Clinics: Available only in certain states; free care if income is at or below federal poverty guidelines; reduced-cost care if income is as much as 2x (3x for nursing home care) HHS poverty guidelines.

Lions Clubs

Main Line Health: Charity care and financial assistance

Mission Cataract USA: (559) 797-1629

Need Help Paying Bills:

  • Information on federal, state, and local government assistance programs.
  • Cash assistance can be provided from the government as a form of public assistance.
  • Community action agencies can help the low income as well as unemployed overcome poverty or even find a higher paying job.
  • Programs can provide help for senior citizens, including food, free medications, and housing. More details on help for senior citizens.
  • Short term help may be offered to families living in poverty as part of church assistance programs.
  • Charity organizations can provide emergency assistance for paying bills, rent, food, and offer support for other basic needs.
  • Additional sources of free government grants and low-income assistance programs.

Prevent Blindness Financial Assistance Information

Safety net hospitals: Serving low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients

VA optometry/ophthalmology

Vision Charities for the Eye Care Industry

For Assistance Paying for Prescription Medications:

Needy Meds (800) 503-6897

Medicine Assistance Tool

RX Assist

Charity Care and Financial Assistance

Main Line Health is committed to providing charity care and financial assistance to persons who are uninsured, underinsured, ineligible for a government program, or otherwise unable to pay, for medically necessary care based on their individual financial situation.

The Ultimate List of Vision Charities for the Eyecare Industry

Patient Resource Guide for Low- or No-Cost Glaucoma Care

Link here

AGS Cares

Link Here

EyeCare America

Link Here

Services for Glaucoma Patients at Low- or No-cost, Organized by State

Medicaid in Alabama:


Alabama Free Clinics:



Alabama Association of Free and Charitable Clinics: AAFCC:

  • Provides free and charitable medical services to the uninsured and economically vulnerable residents of Alabama.


Alabama Free Clinics and Community Health Centers:


Charity Program in Alabama:

  • ✓ University of Alabama Ophthalmology Services Foundation




Health coverage for American Indians & Alaska Natives:


The Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC):

  • Offers comprehensive medical services and acute, specialty, primary and behavioral health care to Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Alaska.


Alaska Free Clinics and Community Health Centers:


Charity Program in Alaska:

  • Alaska Regional Hospital/Charity Discount Policy


Lions Clubs:

  • Arizona Medical Eye Unit


Eye Care for Low Income Families in Phoenix, Arizona:


Charity Program in Arizona:

  • Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation


Arkansas Medicaid:


Division of County Operations (DCO):

  • The Health Care (Medicaid) program helps you, if you are eligible, to pay some of your medical bills. Eligibility is determined based on income, resources, Arkansas residency, and other requirements


Free Clinics In Arkansas:


Harmony Health Clinic:

  • Harmony Health Clinic seeks to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically uninsured and underserved who live in Pulaski County, by providing access to quality medical care at no cost to these patients in a private, community-based clinic


State-based Benefits:

Medi-Cal (Medicaid): free healthcare for up to 138% of the federal poverty line (FPL) * 


* Includes undocumented citizens under the age of 26 and over the age of 50

County-based Benefits:

Residents of these Counties: *

San Francisco: https://healthysanfrancisco.org/

Los Angeles: https://dhs.lacounty.gov/




San Mateo

Santa Clara

Santa Cruz


* Regardless of immigration status

Community Health Centers

California Primary Care Association (CPCA): A network of over 1,300 not-for-profit community health centers providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients.


Charity Program in California:

  • California Department of Health Care Access and Information


  • UCI health


Health First Colorado (Medicaid):

  • Is free or low-cost health care for Colorado children and adults who qualify. Coloradans who meet specific monthly income requirements can get insurance through Health First Colorado.


The Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP):

  • Provides discounted health care services to low-income people and families.


Colorado Medicaid


The Colorado Universal Health Plan:

  • The CUHP is based upon the Colorado Health Services Plan sponsored by HEALTH CARE FOR ALL COLORADO (HCAC) and the Colorado Nurses Association (CNA) which was presented to the Colorado Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthcare Reform


SET Family Medical Clinics:

  • SET Family Medical Clinics serves all low income, uninsured and underinsured people, regardless of their ability to pay full price for services.


Mission Medical Home:

  • Mission Medical is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides free healthcare to uninsured, underinsured, and low-income members of the Pikes Peak Region.


Community Health Centers:

  • Provide low-cost health care to help people of all ages


Colorado Free Medical Clinics:


Colorado Health and Medical Clinics:

  • Low-cost, affordable, sliding scale, medicaid accepted, community health care clinics, emergency clinics and regular medical clinics.


Charity Program in Colorado:

  • Colorado Financing


Connecticut Medicaid:


HUSKY Health for Connecticut Children & Adults:

  • Offers coverage to eligible children, parents, relative caregivers, older adults, individuals with disabilities, adults without dependent children, and pregnant women.


Connecticut Free Health Care Community Clinics:

  • Health care centers in Connecticut can provide medical and dental care to people of all income levels. Lower income, working poor, and those without insurance may often receive free care. Other individuals and families may be required to pay a minimal amount toward their medical bills.


Free Clinic:


Americares free clinics:

  • To be eligible, patients must:
    • Have no public or private health insurance
    • Not be Medicaid eligible
    • Meet income guidelines (see chart below)
    • Be 18 years or older
    • Provide photo identification
    • Provide income verification upon request
    • Provide proof of residency


Free Clinics in Hartford, Connecticut:

  • Community Health Clinics provides free quality medical care services in Hartford, Connecticut to low-income families who do not have insurance.


Charity Program in Connecticut:

  • Yale New Haven Hospital


Coverage of Medicaid in Delaware based on income and household size:


Free Clinics in Delaware:


Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHC):

  • Mobile Eye Care (12271 US Hwy 301 N, Parrish, FL 34219; 941-776-4000)

Free Clinics:

  • Samaritan’s Touch Care Center (3015 Herring Ave. Sebring, FL 33870; 863-471-1870)

Charity Care/ reduced cost medical coverage:

  • Project Access (Palm Beach County; 561-433-3940)


Other University-Based:

  • University of Miami Financial Assistance

https://umiamihealth.org/bascom-palmer-eye-institute/billing-,-a-,-financial information/financial-assistance

Charity Program in Florida:

  • University of Florida Health


Charity Care/Reduced Cost Medical Coverage:

  • Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Inc. (404-325-3630; 5582 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30341)


  • Grady Eye Clinic (404-616-4671)



Charity Program in Georgia:

  • Indigent and Charity Care


Hawaii Quest:

  • Medical assistance is medical coverage provided for eligible low-income Hawaii residents. Hawaii has two medical assistance programs called Hawaii QUEST and Medicaid Fee-For-Service.


Kalihi-Palama Health Center (KPHC):

  • Is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that plays a crucial role in the Kalihi Palama community as a provider of health and social services to patients who typically face significant barriers when accessing health care.


Hawaii Free Clinics and Community Health Centers:


Free and Low-Cost Medical Clinics in Honolulu, Hawaii, Including Many Clinics That Accept Uninsured, Underinsured, Insurance:

https://helppayingthebills.com/free-medical-clinics-in-hawaii/free-and-low-cost-medical clinics-in-honolulu-hawaii/

VA Pacific Islands Health Care:


State-based Benefits:

  • Medicaid: Free healthcare for up to 138% of the FPL *


* Undocumented citizens qualify only for emergency services

Community Health Centers

  • Idaho Primary Care Association: A network of community health centers providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients.


State-based Benefits:

  • Chicago Health Plan (Medicaid): Free healthcare for maximum income level (per year) of $30,305

Illinois Medicaid | Benefits.gov

Community Health Centers

  1. Illinois Health Centers: A network of over 300 clinics with free services — Illinois Free Clinics
  2. Illinois Eye Institute:
  • The Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, IL, is a nonprofit multi-specialty eye center that provides comprehensive eye care to individuals of all ages, regardless of their financial status.



  1. Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
  2. Danville VAMC
  3. Decatur VA CBOC
  4. Edward Hines, Jr. VAMC
  5. Fisher Clinic, Bldg. 237
  6. Jesse Brown (West Side) VAMC
  7. Lakeside VA
  8. North Chicago, IL DVA
  9. Peoria Campus — Bob Michel VA OPC

Charity program in Illinois:

  • Assistance programs


Indiana Medicaid:


Indiana Free Health Care Community Clinics:

  • Families and individuals can receive free health and medical care from Community Health Centers (CHCs) as well as clinics that are located across the state of Indiana


Free Clinics in Indiana:


Free and Low-Cost Medical Clinics in Indianapolis, Indiana:

https://helppayingthebills.com/free-medical-clinics-in-indiana/free-and-low-cost-medical clinics-in-indianapolis-indiana/

Southeast Health & Dental Center:

  • Financial Screening Insurance and payment assistance
  • Hoosier Healthwise (Medicaid) Enrollment
  • Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment


Compassionate Health Center:

  • Provide underserved and uninsured adults of Fulton County, Indiana with high quality integrated healthcare services.


Neighborhood Health:

  • Assistant with the cost!


Trinity Free Clinic:

  • Provide quality free medical, dental, and health services to the uninsured, underinsured, and low-income residents of Hamilton County


St. Martin's Healthcare:

  • Serving the uninsured and underinsured needs of DeKalb and Noble County Indiana residents


Matthew 25 Health and Care:

  • Provides high-quality medical, dental, vision and mental health services at no charge to low income, uninsured adults in Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio.



  • Uninsured adults
  • Who live in Steuben County?
  • Who meet financial guidelines?


HOPE Family Care Center:


433 Free, Low-Cost or Sliding Scale Clinics in Indiana:


Charity Program in Indiana:

  • Indiana University Health


Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHC):

Promise Community Health Center (Sioux City; 712-722-1700, 877-722-1770; care@promisechc.org; https://promisechc.org/)

Free Clinics:

Other University-based:

Charity Program in Iowa:

  • Financial Assistance


Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHC):

  • Prairie Star Health Center (Hutchinson, KS; 620-663-8484)


  • Community Health Center of SE Kansas – Pittsburg Medical Clinic (3011 N. Michigan, Pittsburg, KS 66762; 620-231-9873)


  • Grace Med (Wichita, KS; 316-866-2000)


  • Swope Health West (4835 State Ave, Kansas City, KS, 66102; 913-321-2200)


Free Clinics:

  • Kansas City Free Eye Clinic


Charity Program in Kansas:

  • Charity Care/ reduced cost medical coverage: Project Access (Wichita/Sedgwich Counties; 316-688-0600; 1102 S. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67211)


  • Cairn Health/MSB (316-683-7559; 1530 S. Oliver, Suite 110-130, Wichita, KS 67211)


Charity Care/Reduced-Cost Medical Coverage:

  • Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation (800-232-5308)


Free Clinics:

  • KY Vision Project


Charity Care/Reduced-Cost Medical Coverage:

  • Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation, Inc. (504-525-7235; 2020 Gravier St, Suite B, New Orleans, LA 70112)


  • DePaul Community Health Centers


  • Other university-based: Tulane Medical Center Financial Assistance


Charity Care/Reduced-Cost Medical Coverage:

  • Lions Club of Yarmouth, Maine


Medicaid covers costs depends on percentage of the FPL, for several key groups: children, pregnant women, parents/caretaker relatives, and other adults


Shepherd’s Table, a Free Eye Clinic:

Eligibility to Receive Free Eye Care:

  • Must be an adult 18 years old or older
  • Household income must be below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Must not have medical insurance that covers vision care
  • Must be referred by any authorized government agency or non-profit organization in the D.C. metropolitan areas

Charity Care/Reduced-Cost Medical Coverage:

  • Johns Hopkins Financial Assistance
  • University of Maryland Financial Assistance Program
  • Priority Partners


Other University-based:

  • Wilmer Angel Fund
  • Vision (screening) Program

Charity Program in Maryland:

  • Johns Hopkins Medicine Home/Charity Care Policy


State-based Benefits:

  • MassHealth (Medicaid): Free healthcare for up to 138% of the FPL *


* Undocumented citizens qualify only for emergency services; children and pregnant women are eligible for all services.

Community Health Centers

  • Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers: A network of community health centers providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients.


Charity Program in Massachusetts:

  • Boston Medical Center


Michigan Medicaid Program:

  • The Healthy Michigan Plan provides health care coverage for individuals who are 19-64 years of age; have income at or below 133% of the federal poverty level


There are free and low-cost clinics in Michigan by county:


Carefree Medical:



  • Straight Medicaid or any Managed Medicaid plan
  • Ingham Health Plan
  • Uninsured
  • Patients with referrals from Carefree, Cristo Rey, Ingham County Health Department, or Volunteers of America

National Health Care:

  • Including 4 agencies, one of which is Salvation Army that provides health care services for homeless people.

Michigan | National Health Care for the Homeless Council (nhchc.org)

Charity Program in Michigan:

  • Financial Assistance and MSupport; MSupport is the name of Michigan Medicine’s financial assistance program.


State-based Benefits:

Medi-Cal (Medicaid): Minnesota covers children up to age 2 with income up to 283% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

Adults with incomes from above 133% and up to 200% of the FPL are covered through the Basic Health Program.

Minnesota | Medicaid.gov

  1. Department of human service (DHS):
    1. DHS Information Desk at 651-431-2000 (TTY/TDD service: 800-627-3529) • General questions about human services or DHS (DHS.info@state.mn.us) • Health care provider billing and policy questions (dhs.healthcareproviders@state.mn.us)
  2. Minnesota State Services for the Blind (MNSSB): (320) 234-0384
    1. Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA) provides coverage to undocumented Minnesotans who do not have an immigration status that qualifies for Medical Assistance
  3. Contact EyeCare America:
    1. eyecareamerica@aao.org
    2. 877-887-6327

Referrals are provided to U.S. citizens and legal residents who are without an Eye M.D. (ophthalmologist) and do not belong to an HMO or already have eye care through the VA. To be eligible for the program, an individual should fall into one of the two categories below:

  • Those who are age 65 or older and have not seen an Eye M.D. in three or more years. These patients 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 copayments and unmet deductibles and accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full; patients without insurance receive this care at no charge.
  • Those 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. These patients may be eligible to receive a free glaucoma eye exam if they are uninsured. Those who are eligible and covered by insurance will be billed for the exam and are responsible for any copayments.

Veterans Health Care:

  • Minneapolis Veteran Affairs (VA) Health Care System:
    • St. Cloud VA
    • VA Administration Eye Clinic
    • Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System

Salvation Army - Rochester:

  • Outpatient health clinic offering preventive, diagnostic (exam or test) and treatment services

https://www.minnesotahelp.info/Providers/Salvation_Army_Rochester/Clinic/3?returnUrl=%2F SpecialTopics%2FSeniors%2F19020%3F&pos=11

Charitable Care and Financial Assistance at Mayo Clinic:

  • Assistance with extended payment plan and providing emergency care, regardless of ability to pay


Other University-based:

  • University of Mississippi Medical Center Financial Assistance (601-815-9430)

https://www.umc.edu/Healthcare/Patients-and-Visitors/Bill Pay/Billing and Insurance FAQs.html

Charity Program in Mississippi:

  • North Mississippi Health Services


Kansas City Free Eye Clinic:

  • Provide eye services to homeless


Mason Eye Clinic:

  • Low vision services through Mason University (573-884-3937)


Free Glaucoma Clinic, Inc.:

  • Free glaucoma care, founded by OD's (314-972-2845)


Prevention of Blindness Services:

  • Dept of social services program, provides free glaucoma screenings, refers to local eye care specialists


St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired:

  • 314 - 968-9000


LHB - Lighthouse for the Blind St. Louis:

  • 314 - 423-4353


Delta Gamma Center:

  • 314 - 776-1300



  • 816 - 421-5848


Charity program in MISSOURI:

  • University of Missouri Health Care provides financial assistance


State-based Benefits:

  • Medicaid: free healthcare for up to 138% of the FPL*


* Undocumented citizens do not qualify for any services

County-based Benefits:

  • Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/P)


Community Health Centers:

  • Montana Primary Care Association: A network of community health centers providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients.


Charity Program in Montana:

  • Charity Care Policies for Montana


  • St. Luke's Hospital - Financial Assistance Policy


Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired:


Outlook Nebraska:

  • 402614-3331


Charity Program in Nebraska:

  • Financial assistance and counseling:


State-based Benefits:

  • Medicaid: free healthcare for up to 138% of the FPL *


* Does not include undocumented citizens

County-based Benefits:

  • None

Community Health Centers:

  • Nevada Health Centers: A network of over 16 not-for-profit community health centers providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients.


Charity Program in Nevada:

  • Financial Assistance/ Medical Assistance


Future In Sight:

  • (603) 224-4039


Camp Allen:

  • (603) 622-8471


New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services:

  • New Hampshire Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (603-271-4680)
  • (603) 224-1909


New Hampshire Optometric Association:

  • (603) 964-2885


Charity Program in New Hampshire:

  • Charitable Care


NJ Department of Human Services’ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI):

  • Offers free vision screenings done by a certified eye screener and an eye doctor at the Cape May County Clinic one Friday a month.
  • (609) 463-2846

State of NJ Department of Human Services Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired:

  • Free eye screening (973) 648-4799


Vision to Learn:

  • VTL partners with school districts, initially to provide vision screenings.
  • It serves children in underserved areas, also provides free eyeglasses, eye exams
  • Giovanni Restrepo, Program Manager, (201) 705-9104
  • newjersey@visiontolearn.org


New Eyes:

  • New eyes provide glasses for those in need in the NJ area


Parker Family Health Center:

  • Free Clinic providing healthcare to NJ residents
  • Staffed by ophthalmologist Dr. Macdonald of Monmouth Eye Care


New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center:

  • Collects, cleans, neutralizes, and designates the prescription of used eyeglasses to distribute to needy groups
  • 320 Sullivan Way
  • New Trenton NY 08628
  • (908) 244-9996


Eye Care 4 Kids:


South Jersey Eye Center, Inc.:

  • Provides eye care to the residents of Camden City surrounding South Jersey • The SJEC is the only freestanding nonprofit facility of its kind in the state of NU providing free and low-cost eye care to poor and low income, uninsured and homeless residents
  • The centerpiece of the South Jersey Eye Center is its 34-foot Mobile Vision Clinic that is completely equipped with ophthalmic instrumentation and makes its services accessible to schools, head start programs, day care centers, senior housing centers, special needs kids, health fairs, community events, faith-based organizations, and many others
  • 400 Chambers Avenue, Camden, NJ 08103
  • Tel: (856) 365-1811; (856) 365-1811; Fax: (856) 365-1379
  • Executive Director: Dr. Shelby Baker sbaker@sjeyecenter.org
  • State Chairperson: Barbara Kidawa


The Eye Institute of New Jersey

c/o Doctors Office Center
90 Bergen Street, 6th Floor, Newark, NJ 07103
Tel: (973) 972-2050

Lions Referral Coordinator, Paula Tarantino, PDG, (201) 709-4944

The Eye Institute has three primary goals: Service, Research and Education; Service to the community in eye care, Research to apply the most advanced technology to a variety of ocular/visual problems, Education through medical education and a residency program and health care.

An immediate goal is to assist raising funds for the Lions Research Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology, by matching donations from LERF up to the limit of donations made to the eye Institute by Lions.

Vision Loss Alliance of NJ:

  • Empowers people with vision loss or blindness by providing support, education, and training in assistive technology and independent living skills

Info@vlanj.org Tel (973) 627-0055

Charity Program in New Jersey:

  • Charity Care - New Jersey Hospital Care Payment Assistance Program


State-based Benefits:

  • Medicaid: Free healthcare for up to 138% of the FPL*


* Undocumented citizens qualify only for emergency services

County-based Benefits:

  • New York City


Community Health Centers:

  • Community Health Care Association of New York State: A network of community health centers providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients.



Charity Programs in New York:

  • New York State hospital charity care programs


  • Financial Aid/Charity Care


  • NYS Hospital Financial Assistance Law


  • Financial Assistance and Billing and Collections Policy at Mount Sinai Hospital


State-sponsored programs:

  • Medical Eye Care Program


  • Prevent Blindness North Carolina


Charity Care/Reduced-Cost Medical Coverage:

  • Project Access (varies by county: Durham refers to Duke/UNC)


Other University-based:

UNC resident clinic

Optometric Foundation of ND:

  • Vision Start program provides free eye exams for children in need age 4-7


Charity Program in North Dakota:

  • North Dakota Catholic Charities assistance programs and referrals


  • RAIN Financial Assistance


Vision to Learn:

  • VTL partners with school districts, initially to provide vision screenings.
  • It serves children in underserved areas, also provides free eyeglasses, eye exams • Vision to Learn, Ohio
  • Loni Maughan, Ohio Project Manager
  • (361) 673-2652
  • Questions or concerns: mailto:loni.maughan@visiontolearn.org


Ohio Prevention of Blindness Vision Care Outreach:

  • Providing access to a donated system of comprehensive vision care services for uninsured or underinsured adults and children in Ohio


St. Vincent Charity Medical Center- Geauga Vision:

  • Provides free ophthalmology care at its Cleveland Medical Offices
  • 2322 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
  • 216-363-2513

Northwest Ohio Lions:

  • The following is a list of surgical procedures and vision equipment they may cover, following the review of an individual case and the granting of approval:
    • Corneal Transplants
    • Cataract surgery which is limited to one eye unless extreme circumstances warrant • Laser eye treatments for diabetes and diseases
    • Other approved kinds of eye surgery including retina
    • Assist with purchase of special, expensive eyeglasses and vision equipment


The Ohio Optometric Foundation:

  • OOF runs the iSee program, a statewide program that provides eye exams and glasses to students at no charge.


Charity Program in Ohio:

  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine/Financial Assistance


  • OhioHealth's Charity Care


State-based Benefits:

  • SooneCare (Medicaid): Free healthcare for up to 138% of the FPL*


* Undocumented citizens qualify only for emergency services

Community Health Centers:

  • Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers: A network of community health centers providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients.


Charity Program in Oklahoma:

  • Jackson County Memorial Hospital


State-based Benefits:

  • Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid): Free healthcare for up to 138% of the FPL*


* Includes undocumented citizens under the age of 19

County-based Benefits:

  • None

Community Health Centers:

  • Oregon Health Centers: A network of over 168 not-for-profit community health centers providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients.



Charity Program in Oregon:

  • Charity Care - Financial Assistance for Hospital Bills


A Second Chance—Kinship Care:

  • The free vision clinics at A Second Chance, Inc., provide adults, caregivers, and children long overdue eye exams from a team of doctors, as well as new eyeglasses—at no cost. The agency hosts the vision clinics in partnership with Mission Vision, a Pennsylvania based medical mission program that provides eye care domestically and abroad. • In Pittsburgh and Philadelphia
  • 8350 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221


Essilor Vision Foundation through Wigton Eye Care Associates:

  • This program provides lenses and lab services at no cost, enabling the practice to enhance its charitable giving.
  • Butler Office (724) 283-3500


Vision Corps:

  • Leading non-profit organization in PA, on a mission to empower blind or vision impaired. This is done through rehabilitative, preventive, and educational services, as well as by employing people who are blind in manufacturing, food processing, and administrative services.
  • VisionCorps can assist financially qualifying families in Adams, Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties


Eagles Charitable Foundation:

  • Eagles Eye Mobile powered by Vision to Learn is out in the community every day, providing underserved children with access to eye exams, glasses, and follow-up care. • Since 1996, the Eagles Eye Mobile has been making free vision screenings, eye exams and prescription glasses accessible to under-insured and uninsured children in the Greater Philadelphia area.
  • ECF partnered with Vision to Learn, a nonprofit based in California which provides free eye exams and free eyeglasses to students in low-income communities.


Wills Eye Hospital:

  • 100% free medical care for medically necessary services provided by WEH. Patients who are uninsured or underinsured for a medically necessary service, who are ineligible for governmental or other insurance coverage, and who have family incomes not more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines are eligible to receive Financial Assistance. (See Attachment 2)


North Central Sight Services:

  • North Central Sight Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. We are proud to provide blindness prevention education, vision screenings, services and employment to individuals who are blind or visually impaired in the communities of Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties.
  • 2121 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701
  • Phone: (570) 323-9401
  • Toll Free: (866) 320-2580
  • Fax: (570) 323-8194


Vision to Learn:

  • VTL partners with school districts, initially to provide vision screenings. • It serves children in underserved areas, also provides free eyeglasses, eye exams • Rachel Weiner, Program Manager Philadelphia Area
  • Vision To Learn, Pennsylvania


Charity program in Pennsylvania:

  • Charity Care and Financial Assistance at UPMC Memorial


State-based Benefits:

Rhode Island Medical Assistance (Medicaid): Free healthcare for up to 138% of the FPL* https://dphhs.mt.gov/montanahealthcareprograms/memberservices

Hospital Charity Care: free or discounted care provides essential health services** 


* Undocumented citizens qualify only for emergency services

** Undocumented citizens are eligible

Community Health Centers:

  • Rhode Island Health Center Association: A network of community health centers providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients.


Charity Program in Rhode Island:

• Hospital Charity Care


State-based Benefits:

South Carolina Healthy Connections (Medicaid): Free healthcare for up to 138% of the FPL* 


* Undocumented citizens qualify only for emergency services

Community Health Centers:

Free Clinics: A network of community health centers providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients.


Charity Program in South Carolina:

  • Financial Assistance/Charity Care Application

https://www.trmchealth.org/patients-visitors/online-bill-pay/financial-assistance-charity-care application/

South Dakota Lions:

  • KIDSIGHT South Dakota is a free statewide vision screening program provided to children ages 12 months and up.
  • Collects eyeglasses for donation


Charity Program in South Dakota:

  • Economic Assistance


  • Financial Assistance and Charity Care


Tennessee Lions Charities:

  • Participates in eyeglass recycling
  • Partnered with Vanderbilt University’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences to develop the KidSight Outreach vision screening program. KidSight Outreach vision screenings


Maryville Lions Eye Club:

  • We provide free or discounted examinations and eyeglasses to Blount County residents (children and adults) who qualify for food stamps. As part of Smoky Mountain Lions Charities, Inc., a mobile vision van clinic is held at the Fountain City Lions Club each month. Local Lions Clubs sponsor residents from their area and pay the fees associated with each applicant the club submits.
  • Call Tom Miller at (865) 448-6716


Fairfield Glade Lions Club:

  • Partnered with Eye Centers of Tennessee to perform eye exams and provide glasses to qualified applicants
  • They collect unneeded glasses that can be recycled for use.
  • Each year our club uses three committees to perform sight and hearing testing on children at the elementary schools


Charity Program in Tennessee:

  • West Tennessee Healthcare/ Financial Assistance


Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle:

The Adult Eye Care Program works in conjunction with local optometrists and ophthalmologists to provide eye exams and glasses for low-income adults. The eye care professionals provide all their services free of charge.

In order to qualify for a prescription and eyeglasses, a person must:

  • Be employed (cannot earn more than $2,000/month per household)
  • Receive social security/veterans benefits
  • Be a full-time student
  • Have proof of residency (provide a current rental agreement or a utility bill with name and address)


Houston Eye Associates Foundation:

  • Houston Eye Associates Foundation is committed to preserving and restoring sight with comprehensive eye care surgeries, medications, and ancillary services for individuals in financial hardship; and supporting education and research initiatives for the benefit of the community.
  • (713) 558-8740


Barton Creek Eye Care:

  • Optomestrists provide regular outreach to the community for free eye care
  • Tel (512) 351-4767

https://www.bartoncreekeyecare.com/our-eye-care-clinic/community-outreach-charity initiatives/

Boys and Girls Clubs of Abilene:

  • Povides eye care for children and low-income students.
  • Location is 4610 N.10th Street, Abilene, Texas 79603
  • Phone: (325) 672-3772

Matagorda Episcopal Hospital Outreach Program (MEHOP):

  • Operates from several sites. They include Blessing, Matagorda, Bay City, Sargent, and Palacios.
  • Phone (979) 245-2008

Tomagua Medical Clinic:

  • 13414 Stallones Dr., Tomball, Texas 77375.
  • Telephone (281) 357-0747

Houston Community Health Center:

  • Denver Harbor Vision Station, 402 Hahlo, Houston, TX 77020
  • Phone (713) 674-3326

Incarnation Teen Clinic:

  • 8230 N. Antoine, Houston, Texas 77088
  • Telephone (281) 445-8815

Boys and Girls Clubs of Abilene:

  • Provides eye care for children and low-income students. 
  • Location is 4610 N.10th Street, Abilene, Texas 79603
  • Phone (325) 672-3772

Ministry Assistance of Near NW Alliance (MANNA):

  • 1806 W. 43rd, Houston Texas, 77018
  • Phone (713) 686-6440

Cure Glaucoma:

  • Cure Glaucoma, a charitable foundation, was established in 2014 by ophthalmologists at Glaucoma Associates of Texas. These dedicated physicians have witnessed first-hand the burden of blindness related to glaucoma and are passionate about serving the glaucoma community beyond the walls of their clinical practice. The mission of Cure Glaucoma is to improve access to quality care, fund transformational research, and disseminate knowledge through global outreach efforts.


Charity Program in Taxes:

  • Charity Care and Financial Assistance


Utah Medicaid:


Free Clinics in Utah:


Maliheh Free Clinic:


Health Clinics of Utah:


Hope Clinic:


Fourth Street Clinic:

Fourth Street Clinic helps Utahns experiencing homelessness improve their health and quality of life by providing high-quality health care and support services.


Health Clinics of Utah – Provo:

Accepts uninsured, underinsured, Medicare, Medicaid

https://helppayingthebills.com/free-medical-clinics-in-utah/free-and-low-cost-medical-clinics-in provo-utah/

Uintah Basin Medical Center, UBMC – The Clinic – Altamont:

Accepts uninsured, underinsured, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid


American Fork Internal Medicine:

Accepts uninsured, underinsured, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid

https://intermountainhealthcare.org/locations/american-fork-specialty-clinic/medical services/internal-medicine/

Charity Program in Utah:

  • Financial assistance


State-based Benefits:

  • Choices for Care (Medicaid): Free healthcare for up to 138% of the FPL*


* Undocumented citizens qualify only for emergency services

Community Health Centers:

  • Vermont’s Free and Referral Clinics: A network of 9 community health centers providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients.


Charity Programs in Vermont:

  • Financial Aid at the UVM Medical Center


  • Patient Financial Assistance Program/The University of Vermont Medical Center


  • Central Vermont Medical Center


Vision to Learn:

  • VTL partners with school districts, initially to provide vision screenings.
  • It serves children in underserved areas, also provides free eyeglasses, eye exams
  • For VisionToLearn Virginia, contact conexusvision.org


Looking Forward, Giving Back at Virginia Eye Consultants:

  • This charitable eye surgery program provides free cataract surgery for people in Hampton Roads who are uninsured, underinsured, or financially unable to pay for their procedure.
  • Tel (757) 742-3902


Virginia Eye Foundation:

  • The Virginia Eye Foundation raises funds to support medical and surgical care, education and accessibility of eye care and blindness prevention in Virginia.
  • VEF funds sight saving surgeries and care for those without the ability to pay or without insurance.


Inova Lions Eye Clinic:

  • The Inova Lions Eye Clinic provides free eye care to uninsured adult patients who are at or below 400% of the FPL. Clinic patients must be referred by a local FQHC or community safety net partner.
  • The Inova Lions Eye Clinic provides free comprehensive ophthalmic care, including laser, medical and surgical care for all types of conditions of the eye.
  • 3299 Woodburn Road, Suite 150, Annandale, VA 22003
  • (703) 876-2700

Lackey Clinic:

  • 1620 Old Williamsburg Road, Yorktown, VA 23690
  • (757) 886-0608

Current hours: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am-5 pm, Fridays from 8:30 am-12 pm

Current services: Primary and specialty medical care, dental care, virtual urgent care, better vision eye care, free and low-cost medications, behavioral health counseling, telehealth services, spiritual care

Health Wagon: Clintwood Clinic:

927 Happy Valley Drive, Clintwood, VA 24228

(276) 926-2254

Current hours: Monday through Friday from 9 am-5 pm (after hours calls available)

Current services: Primary care, specialty care, dental, vision, COVID-19 testing, and monoclonal antibody therapy

Currently accepting new patients: Call (276) 328-8850 to make an appointment. Accepting uninsured, low-income patients and Medicaid patients.

Health Wagon - Wise Clinic:

5626 Patriot Drive, Wise, VA 24293

(276) 328-8850

Current hours: Monday through Friday from 9 am-5 pm (after hours calls available) Current services: Primary care, specialty care, dental, vision, COVID-19 testing, and monoclonal antibody therapy

Currently accepting new patients: Call (276) 328-8850 to make an appointment. Accepting uninsured, low-income patients and Medicaid patients.

Charity Programs in Virginia:

  • Charity Care & Financial Discount Policy


  • UVA Health/Financial Assistance


State-based Benefits:

  • Apple Health (Medicaid): free healthcare for up to 138% of the FPL*


* Includes undocumented citizens under the age of 19

  • All hospitals receive tax breaks to provide charity care to patients up to 100% of the FPL


County-based Benefits:

  • See above

Community Health Centers:

  • Washington Healthcare Access Alliance: A network of over 20 not-for-profit community health centers providing healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underserved patients.



Glaucoma care for low-income/uninsured patients

Resources available to patients in…

All states:

VA optometry/ophthalmology:


Charity Program in Washington:

  • Charity Care and Financial Assistance at Washington State Hospitals




https://wvumedicine.org/bill-pay/financial-assistance/#:~:text=patients in need

Who is eligible for financial assistance? Twice the federal poverty limit

Free/Reduced-cost Clinics:




  • WVU Financial Assistance

Charity Program in West Virginia:

  • WVU Medicine/ Financial Assistance


State-based Benefits:

Medicaid: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/library/p-02383.htm

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin

Adult vision voucher applications and criteria - Prevent Blindness Wisconsin provides voucher for:

  • Family income is at or below 200% of poverty level
  • Is not covered by Medicaid or any other vision insurance
  • Has not used a voucher during the last 12 months

Veterans Affairs (VA):

  1. Appleton - John H. Bradley Outpatient Clinic
  2. Madison - William S. Middleton Memorial VA
  3. Milwaukee - Clement J. Zablocki VAMC
  4. Tomah VAMC
  5. Wisconsin Rapids Clinic

Salvation Army Emergency Lodge:

  • Provides free services for homeless adults and low-cost health care services depending on income.


Free Hospitals and Charity Care in Wisconsin Hospitals:


Lions Clubs:

Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank Surgery Fund (Microsoft Word - ESF Application Rev 07-09-16 v.2 (wsimg.com))

Charity Program in Wyoming:

  • Wyoming Medical Center