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Go Online to See if You Are Eligible for a Free Eye Exam
EyeCare America Now Offers Online Referrals for Patients to Find Out Instantly if They Qualify
September 21, 2010 – San Francisco, CA - EyeCare America, a national non-profit organization that provides eye exams and eye health information to medically underserved communities now features an online referral service. Patients can visit eyecareamerica.org and find out if they qualify for a free eye exam given by one of 7000 volunteer ophthalmologists across the U.S and Puerto Rico.
EyeCare America encourages people to visit its online referral center at www.eyecareamerica.org to see if they qualify for a sight-saving eye exam and care, often at no-out-of-pocket cost. This online referral center also enables friends and family members to find out instantly if their loved ones are eligible to be matched with an EyeCare America volunteer ophthalmologist.
All eligible patients receive a comprehensive eye exam and care for any disease detected in the initial visit for up to one year at no out-of-pocket cost, or a referral for a free glaucoma eye exam. The program facilitates eye care for U.S. citizens or legal residents who are without an ophthalmologist and who do not belong to an HMO or do not have eye care coverage through the Veterans Administration.
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 ophthalmologist 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 co-payments 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 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. 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 co-payments.
· To see immediately if you, a loved one or a friend, is eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam and care, visit www.eyecareamerica.org.
EyeCare America is co-sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., with additional support provided by Alcon. The program is endorsed by state and subspecialty ophthalmology societies.