Free Vision Clinics Near Me

Free eye exams


Medicare does not cover free eye exams or free eyeglasses, however it does cover people who are at high risk for glaucoma or a family history of glaucoma, can have an annual eye exam to check for glaucoma. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for your doctor's services

To find out how much your test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or health care provider.

  • Other insurance you may have.
  • How much your doctor charges.
  • Where you get your test, item, or service.


InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® -The AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, participating doctors of optometry provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age free of charge regardless of family income or access to insurance coverage.

Medicaid CHIP: Health Insurance

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a state and federal partnership that provides low-cost health insurance coverage for children in families who earn too much income to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford to purchase private health insurance coverage. Children enrolled in the program may be eligible for free eye exams.

CHIP covers:

  • Doctor visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Vision care
  • Laboratory and X-ray services

Free eyeglasses

VSP: Sight for Students

Sight for Students, VSP Eyes of Hope gift certificate programs ensure that adults and children in need, including those affected by disaster, have access to quality eye care and new glasses at no cost through a local VSP network doctor. We work closely with our national network of community partners to help identify and distribute gift certificates to those most in need.

Eligibility for Free eyeglasses:

  • 19 years of age or younger
  • Family income at or under 200% of Federal Poverty Level guidelines
  • Haven't received care through a VSP program during the last 12 months
  • No vision care coverage through a private insurer or government program

New Eyes

New Eyes is a non-profit that purchases new eyeglasses for poor children and adults in the United States. A New Eyes voucher is for individuals who have no other resources with which to obtain a basic pair eyeglasses. The organization also recycles donated glasses for distribution to indigent people in developing nations worldwide. New Eyes provides a basic pair of single or lined bifocal lenses.

Eligibility for Free eyeglasses:

  • Be in financial need
  • Have no other resources available to them to pay for glasses
  • Have had a recent eye exam (within in the lst 24 months)

Assistance Fund - Financial Assistance
Assistance Fund - Financial Assistance

Free Prescription Discount Card

  • No registration required.
  • Everyone is eligible.
  • Get discount up to 80%.
  • Card can be used for person with Insurance or without insurance for discount.
  • Never expires.
  • Ready for immediate.
  • No activation required.
  • Prescription Coupon

Federal Poverty Limits

The poverty guidelines are sometimes loosely referred to as the "federal poverty level" (FPL). Many Free Clinics only accept patients who is at or below 200 to 300% of the federal poverty level

Persons in Family Poverty Limit(100%) Poverty Limit(200%)
1 $14,580 $29,160
2 $19,720 $39,440
3 $24,860 $49,720
4 $30,000 $60,000
5 $35,140 $70,280
6 $40,280 $80,560
7 $45,420 $90,840
8 $50,560 $101,120
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $5,140 for each additional person.

FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions)

Are free clinics really free?

There are 1400 free clinics that do not charge anything. However, most “free clinics” operate using a sliding scale for payment so you may pay a small fee for care depending on your income.

Can free clinics write prescriptions?

Yes, Free clinics use a licensed doctor, who can write prescriptions.

Do I need an appointment to be seen at the free clinics?

Yes, Most free clinics only see patients with appointments but there are few free urgent care who takes walk-ins.

I am an undocumented person. Will the free clinic see me?

Depends on clinics, Some clinics require you to be a legal resident but most of them don't. They just need your residency proof.

How does the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) affect the Free Clinic?

Even after obama care there are 29 millions uninsured people in the US, so if you don't have any insurance then it does not affect free clinics.

Is the Clinic staffed with licensed health professionals?

Yes, all of medical staff is licensed with the State and are covered under the one or other federal insurance.