Five Low-cost Eye Health Resources for Seniors
By Beatrice Shelton
Mar. 09, 2017
Nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems. Yet most of them fail to have medical eye exams due to limited financial resources or health insurance.
This is especially concerning for older Americans, who are at high risk for developing age-related eye diseases that can lead to blindness if not caught and treated in time.
Here are five resources to help make sure seniors get the sight-saving care they need:
This public service program has been matching Americans 65 and older with volunteer ophthalmologists across the country for more than 30 years. EyeCare America provides eligible seniors medical eye exams often at no out-of-pocket cost. See if you or a loved one are eligible.
The are a number of medical resources available to assist patients with their access to funding and/or coordination of services at the national and local levels.
EyeCare America’s new drug discount card can help people save up to 80 percent on drug costs. It can be used as often as needed at over 65,000 pharmacies nationwide, including all major chains. The card can also be shared with friends and family. It’s free, with no fees or registration, and it never expires. Download the card today and start saving.
Monetary assistance may be needed to purchase eye glasses. There are several organizations and programs to help individuals in financial need get glasses.
Eye Health Organizations
When it comes to good eye health, prevention is the key to detecting and treating blinding disease. These organizations can assist individuals by supporting those who are already living with vision impairment.