Contact:

eyecareamerica@aao.org
Phone: 877-887-6327 - Hours: 8am-Noon, Monday-Friday (Pacific Time)
Fax: 415-561-8567

EyeCare America

EyeCare America, one of the country’s leading public service programs provides eye care through a pool of nearly 6,000 volunteer ophthalmologists. Since 1985, EyeCare America has helped more than 1.8 million people. Ninety percent of the care provided is at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient.

No-cost Eye Exams – Are you Eligible?

EyeCare America offers medical eye exams, often at no out-of-pocket cost. This will enable medical eye exam by an ophthalmologist. Answer a series of questions online to see if you or a loved one is eligible.   

Once you go to the link above you will fill out a short questionnaire for the person needing the eye exam. Have the birth date, address, and insurance status, if any for the yourself or the client. Once the survey is complete based on the provided answers, you will be told if the you or the client is eligible for a referral through EyeCare America. They will provide a confirmation number for reference. Then within two weeks the client will receive a letter at the address provided with the name, address and phone number of the volunteer doctor (ophthalmologist).

Once the letter is received, CALL THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to set up an appointment. The office will be expecting your call. Please bring along the referral letter to show the doctor or doctor’s staff. If you have questions in regarding the referral, please e-mail pubserv@aao.org any time or call 1-877-887-6327, 8am-12 noon (PDT), M-F.

They offer two programs:

The Seniors program connects eligible seniors 65 and older with local volunteer ophthalmologists who provide a medical eye exam at no out-of-pocket cost, and up to one year of followup care for any condition diagnosed during the initial exam, for the physician services.

To Qualify for the Seniors Program:

  • U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Age 65 or older
  • Not belong to an HMO or have eye care benefits through the VA
  • Not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years

The Glaucoma program provides a glaucoma eye exam at no cost to those who are eligible and uninsured. Those who are eligible and insured are billed normal office procedure, and responsible for any co-payments. (This is an awareness program to provide a baseline glaucoma eye exam to those who may not be aware they are at increased risk). 

Glaucoma Program:

  1. U.S. citizen or legal resident
  2. Not belong to an HMO or have eye care benefits through the VA
  3. Not had an eye exam in 12 months or more
  4. At increased risk for glaucoma, determined by your age, race and family history

SERVICES THAT ARE NOT COVERED: Additional services necessary for your care such as, hospitals, surgical facilities, anesthesiologists and medications, are beyond the scope of EyeCare America services. The ophthalmologist is a volunteer who agrees to provide only services within these program guidelines.

EYEGLASSES ARE NOT; COVERED: EyeCare America provides medical eye care, only. The program does NOT provide eyeglass prescriptions or cover the cost of glasses. If you are concerned about the cost of these items, please discuss this with the doctor BEFORE the examination.

ADDITIONAL REFERRALS: If you were eligible for service number one above, 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.