Other Medical Services/Resources
The organizations and resources listed are available for your reference and use in assisting your patients. Most do not directly provide services, but provide funding and/or coordination of services for agencies at national and local levels. They may have information to refer individuals in financial need to organizations that may help. The organizations are not affiliated with EyeCare America® or the American Academy of Ophthalmology nor does their inclusion imply endorsement of their goods or services by EyeCare America. In like manner, EyeCare America has not solicited their endorsement.
Provides information about community resources for seniors, such as financial, legal, transportation, and housing matters. The caller must give the county, city or zip code of the older person requiring assistance and a brief description of the type of assistance needed.
Unite for Sight
Websites that offer clinics and programs nationwide that provide free or discounted quality health care.
Many hospitals and other health care facilities received federal funds under this program to meet construction and/or modernization needs. In return, these facilities are required to provide a specific amount of free or below cost health care to persons unable to pay.
Medicare is the United States health insurance program for people age 65 or older, for certain people with disabilities who are under 65, and people of any age with permanent kidney failure.
National Association. of Area Agencies on Aging
Represents all Area Agencies on Aging, addressing concerns of all older Americans in the U.S.
National Eye Institute
The federal government’s principal agency for conducting and supporting vision research. Provides publications on eye diseases and information on current eye research.
New Eyes for the Needy
Provides vouchers for new eyeglasses for those with financial need with no other resources, public or private, to pay for glasses. Program accepts applications from third parties such as social service agencies or health professionals who are able to document financial needs of clients.
Office of Minority Resources
The mission is to improve the health of racial and ethnic populations through the development of effective health policies and programs that help to eliminate disparities in health. Provides information on various health programs.
Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief
Provides co-payment assistance for pharmaceutical products to insured Americans who financially and medically qualify.
Prescription Medicine Assistance
Assists individuals of all ages nationwide with limited funds to pay for prescription medicine.
Provides public and professional education, community/patient services, programs, & research.
Provides medical services for those in need. Local chapters may provide eye care assistance.
State Ophthalmological Societies
Some state ophthalmological societies may be able to help locate such public services.
The Medicine Program
Invests in and activates the resources to make the greatest possible impact in communities across America. Call your local United Way to find local, resources, services, and assistance.
Your Current Ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.)
Discuss financial concerns with physicians. They may provide options of payment plans or reduction of fees. If ophthalmic medication is needed, physicians may also apply to pharmaceutical assistance programs on behalf of their patients.
Your Family and Friends
May have recommendations. However, no medical assessments are provided over the phone.
Current Primary Care Physician
Most physicians are familiar with local medical clinics or services. They often have working relationships with specialists and may be able to refer patients to a colleague.
Your Local Lions Club website
Local Lions Clubs may provide eyeglasses or assistance for individuals with vision care needs. They may also know of other local resources.
Your Local/State Department of Public Health
Some local public health programs provide assistance to people who qualify.
Local/State Health and Human Services
These agencies administer programs for individuals in financial need. Call for eligibility.
World Wide Web
Use the internet to find resources and information. Type in exact or similar requests for your search. If you do not have internet access or know how to go on-line, ask friends or family with a computer or go to a library. A librarian can provide assistance.