Adult Vision Resource Guide

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Local Vision Health Resources

The Community Eye Clinic in Fort Worth provides medical and routine eye care with one staff optometrist and optometry students in their clinical rotation year of study. It is located inside First Christian Church in downtown Fort Worth.

AVAILABLE AT | fortworthdisciples.org/Community-Eye-Clinic

PHONE NUMBER | (817) 289-6800

Low Cost Eye Care
Free Affordable Low Cost Eye Care

Cedar Springs Eye Clinic provides primary eye care, pathology management, specialty contact lenses and an independent optical dispensary. Operated by the University of Houston’s School of Optometry, this eye clinic provides eye care with a staff optometrist and optometry students.

AVAILABLE AT | opt.uh.edu/patient-care/cedar-springs

PHONE NUMBER | 214-528-7354

 

The Dallas Area Council of the Blind is an organization that advocates for blind and visually impaired Texans.

AVAILABLE AT | dallasacb.org

Blind Advocacy Accessibility

Cornerstone Assistance Network’s Cataract Clinic is a free cataract facility for the uninsured. It provides surgery and medications for patients with vision loss and no ability to pay for sight-restoring procedures. Cornerstone serves individuals who are 18 years or older, without health insurance and low income.

AVAILABLE AT | canetwork.org/health_services.aspx

PHONE NUMBER | 817-632-6020

Texas Workforce Solutions helps visually impaired adults prepare for, obtain, retain or advance in their job. Contact TWS to apply for services.

AVAILABLE AT | twc.texas.gov/about-texas-workforce#texasWorkforceSolutions

PHONE NUMBER | 800-628-5115

Blind Low Vision Job Accessibility

State Prescription Assistance Programs

Through the Texas Prescription Assistance Program, everyone qualifies and there are no fees to participate. They provide prescription medication savings to millions of people whether uninsured or insured with a high deductible.

AVAILABLE AT | texas.prescriptionassistance.info 

PHONE NUMBER | 1-844-272-8379

Eye Care Prescription Assistance
Eye Health Prescription Assistance

 

Texas Drug Card is a statewide discount prescription assistance program. The program works to help uninsured and under-insured residents afford their prescriptions.

AVAILABLE AT | texasdrugcard.com

 

 

Good Days helps patients pay insurance co-pays for life-extending and life-saving treatments.

AVAILABLE AT | mygooddays.org

PHONE NUMBER | 972-608-7141

 
Low Cost Eye Care

National Prescription Assistance Programs

Good RX has a prescription drug card that can be ordered online. The card provides discounts on most prescription drugs at over 700,000 U.S. pharmacies. In addition to the drug card, GoodRX also has a mobile app. It works for every member of your family and you don’t have to have insurance.

AVAILABLE AT | goodrx.com 

PHONE NUMBER | 855-268-2822

Eye Health Prescription Assistance
Eye Drops Prescription Assistance

Lucentis Access Solutions assists patients who need access to Lucentis medication and assists them with health insurance coverage and reimbursement issues. Lucentis is used to treat patients with wet age-related macular degeneration, macular edema following retinal vein occlusion, diabetic macular edema, diabetic retinopathy and myopic choroidal neovascularization.

AVAILABLE AT | genentech-access.com/patient/brands/lucentis.html

PHONE NUMBER | 1-866-724-2377

The HealthWell Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to adults and children to cover the cost of prescription drug coinsurance, co-payments, deductibles, and other health-related costs.

AVAILABLE AT | healthwellfoundation.org

PHONE NUMBER | 1-800-675-8416

Eye Care Prescription Assistance
Prescription Assistance Eye Care

NeedyMeds provides information obtained directly from the drug manufacturers regarding special programs to assist people who can’t afford to buy the medications they need. Eligibility and application requirements vary.

AVAILABLE AT | needymeds.org

PHONE NUMBER | 1-800-503-6897

 

Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription coverage obtain the medicines they need through this program. They provide these services free of charge and many patients receive their medications at no cost or discounted prices.

AVAILABLE AT | medicineassistancetool.org

PHONE NUMBER | 888-477-2669

Low Cost Eye Health Prescription Medication
Eye Care Prescription Help

Patient Access Network Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that provides assistance to under-insured patients for their out-of-pocket expenses for life-saving medications. Patients can apply online or call the phone number listed below.

AVAILABLE AT | panfoundation.org

PHONE NUMBER | 1-866-316-7263

Blind and Low Vision Resources

Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, located in Austin, serves adults who are legally blind by helping them learn alternative techniques to prepare for employment, get a job, attend college and live independently in their communities.

AVAILABLE AT | twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/criss-cole-rehabilitation-center

PHONE NUMBER | 1-800-628-5115

Low Cost Blind Accessibility Assistance
Blind Low Vision Advocacy Accessibility

LightHouse for the Blind has multiple programs that help those with visual impairments including an employment immersion program and a deaf-blind program.

AVAILABLE AT | lighthouse-sf.org

PHONE NUMBER | 415-431-1481

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired serves as a special public school in which students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services on the TSBVI campus.

AVAILABLE AT | tsbvi.edu

PHONE NUMBER | 512-454-8631

 
School for Blind Low Vision Accessibility
School for Blind Low Vision Braille Accessibility

The Hadley Institute has Braille transcribing and production services. The program makes it possible for individuals with visual impairments to go about their daily lives without having to worry about transcribing or reading Braille items.

AVAILABLE AT | hadley.edu

PHONE NUMBER | 800-323-423

The National Federation of the Blind’s White Cane Program gives blind individuals the ability  to achieve a full and independent life by increasing mobility. You can request a free white cane on its website and find more information regarding usage as well.

PHONE NUMBER | 410-659-9314
Blind Low Vision Free Low Cost White Cane Accessibility

Guide Dogs of Texas, located in San Antonio, provides completely free guide dogs to qualified, legally blind, Texas residents, along with one-on-one training at your location.

AVAILABLE AT | guidedogsoftexas.org

PHONE NUMBER | 210-366-4081

Guide Dogs For the Blind is a nationwide organization that provides guide dogs to legally blind individuals, along with covering transportation costs to and from their location for training.

AVAILABLE AT | guidedogs.com

PHONE NUMBER | 410-659-9314

Fidelco is a nationwide organization that provides German Shepherd guide dogs to legally blind individuals at no cost to them.

AVAILABLE AT | fidelco.org

PHONE NUMBER | 860-243-5200

National Financial Assistance Resources

The EyeCare America Glaucoma Program provides glaucoma exams at no cost to U.S. citizens and legal residents who are uninsured and have not had an exam within the previous year.

AVAILABLE AT | aao.org/eyecare-america

PHONE NUMBER | 877-887-6327

Free Affordable Low Cost Eye Care Glasses
Free Affordable Low Cost Eye Care Glaucoma

American Glaucoma Society Cares is a public service program affiliated with the American Glaucoma Society. It is dedicated to providing surgical glaucoma care at no cost to uninsured patients who qualify for such care.

AVAILABLE AT | americanglaucomasociety.net/patients/ags-cares

PHONE NUMBER | 415-561-8587

New Eyes for the Needy purchases new prescription eyeglasses through a voucher program for children and adults who cannot afford glasses on their own. New Eyes accepts, recycles and distributes donated glasses for low-income people overseas.

AVAILABLE AT | new-eyes.org

PHONE NUMBER | 973-376-4903

Free Low Cost Affordable Glasses Contacts Eye Care
Free Affordable Low Cost Eye Care

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Hill Burton Program provides medical care for free or at a reduced cost to those that meet eligibility requirements.

AVAILABLE AT | hrsa.gov/get-health-care/affordable/hill-burton

PHONE NUMBER | 877-464-4772

Lions Club International provides financial assistance for eye care through local Lions Clubs.

AVAILABLE AT | lionsclubs.org

PHONE NUMBER | 630-571-5466

Free Affordable Low Cost Eye Care
Free Affordable Low Cost Eye Care Cataracts Surgery

 

Mission Cataract USA provides free cataract surgery to all ages who have no Medicare, Medicaid, or third party insurance.

AVAILABLE AT | missioncataractusa.org

PHONE NUMBER | 559-797-1629

 

The National Federation of the Blind works to improve the social and economic conditions of blind persons. They have a public education program and special interest divisions.

AVAILABLE AT | nfb.org

PHONE NUMBER | 410-659-9314

Blind Low Vision Accessibility Advocacy
Free Affordable Low Cost Eye Care Cataract Surgery

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has funding to provide cataract surgery for eligible, uninsured patients through a grant in partnership with St. Vincent’s House Clinic in Galveston.

AVAILABLE AT | hosmd.org

PHONE NUMBER | 409-763-8521

National Educational Eye Care Resources

American Academy of Ophthalmology is dedicated to educating people about eye diseases and eye conditions, as well as the preservation of eye health. The Eyenet portion of its website houses educational articles about vision health.

AVAILABLE AT | aao.org/eyenet

PHONE NUMBER | 415-561-8500

Free Affordable Low Cost Eye Care Education
Blind Low Vision Advocacy Accessibility

Prevent Blindness is an organization that works to prevent blindness and preserve sight, along with promoting education and awareness campaigns.

AVAILABLE AT | preventblindness.org

PHONE NUMBER | 1-800-331-2020

 

The National Council on Patient Information and Education works to advance the safe, appropriate use of medicines.

AVAILABLE AT | bemedwise.org

PHONE NUMBER | 1-866-422-2377

 
Free Affordable Low Cost Eye Care Health Prescription Assistance Information
Blind Low Vision Advocacy Accessibility

The American Foundation for the Blind advocates for people who are losing their sight and ensures that they get the services and resources that will help them remain independent.

AVAILABLE AT | afb.org

PHONE NUMBER | 800-232-5463

State Educational Eye Care Resources

These state organizations provide educational resources on eye care, eye disorders, and eye diseases

Texas Ophthalmological Association

AVAILABLE AT | texaseyes.org

PHONE NUMBER | 512-370-1504

Texas Optometric Association

AVAILABLE AT | texas.aoa.org

PHONE NUMBER | 1-800-707-2020

Healthcare Coverage Services

Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some health care. Part B covers doctor services, outpatient hospital care, home health care. If you have a medical diagnosis and need glasses, Medicare will cover that expense.

AVAILABLE AT | medicare.gov

PHONE NUMBER | 1-800-633-4227

You may qualify for Medicaid if you are an adult caring for a child or for an adult age 65 or older. You may also qualify for Medicaid if you have a disability.

AVAILABLE AT | hhs.texas.gov/services/health/medicaid-chip/programs/medicaid-adults

PHONE NUMBER | 1-866-316-7263

Transportation Resources

Low Vision Technology Accessibility App

Both Uber and Lyft provide voiceover options within their apps. Both of these ride-sharing services can be downloaded onto a mobile device. They run almost every hour of the day. You can download the apps through the Apple App Store and on Android.

The DART bus that runs through the City of Dallas has a Paratransit Service. DART’s Paratransit Services provide curb-to-curb public transportation for individuals with disabilities who are unable to use the DART bus or rail service. This service also offers free travel training and a travel ambassador program to ADA eligible individuals who have the ability to ride the bus or use rail services.

AVAILABLE AT | dart.org/riding/paratransiteligibility.asp

PHONE NUMBER | 214-979-1111

DART Blind Low Vision Accessibility Dallas

Resources Exclusively for Seniors

Blind Low Vision Assistance Senior Transportation

Rides in Sight is a national organization that provides senior transportation options. The Ride in Sight Hotline is available Monday-Friday from 7:00AM-7:00PM Central Time. Their operators are available to answer questions regarding senior transportation and options for those with visual impairments.

AVAILABLE AT | ridesinsight.org

PHONE NUMBER | 1-855-607-4337

EyeCare America provides eye care to U.S. citizens and legal residents age 65 and older through volunteer ophthalmologists. These ophthalmologists provide a medical eye exam for low or no cost, and up to one year of follow-up care for any condition diagnosed during the initial exam.

AVAILABLE AT | aao.org/eyecare-america

PHONE NUMBER | 877-887-6327

Low Cost Eye Care
Low Vision Technology Accessibility

A program of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UCI Health, Macular Degeneration Partnership (MDP) is an outreach effort to those affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD). They provide information and resources for living with AMD.

AVAILABLE AT | ucirvineamd.org

PHONE NUMBER | 949-824-9771

The National Federation of the Blind’s Senior Division is a learning, peer support group whose goal is to reach out to other seniors experiencing vision loss and to empower each senior to use the talents and abilities they already possess and to learn effective strategies for living independently and acquiring a positive attitude about living with limited vision.

AVAILABLE AT | seniors.nfb.org

PHONE NUMBER | 410-659-9314
Low Cost Blind Accessibility Assistance

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