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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
AVAILABLE AT | nfb.org/programs-services/free-white-cane-program
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
Leader Dogs for the Blind is an organization that provides free guide dogs and training to legally blind individuals who are at least 16 years old. They also offer a summer camp for visually impaired teens 14-17 years old to gain experience working with a guide dog as well as other activities that those with visual impairments might not normally get to participate in.
AVAILABLE AT | leaderdog.org
PHONE NUMBER | 248-651-9011
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Vision Center is an informational web guide created for those seeking eye surgery and other vision correction options. All content published on Vision Center is researched, written, and edited by licensed optometrists, experienced journalists, and other medical writers in the industry. All pages on our website are fact-based and sourced from recent scientific research, scholarly articles, textbooks, government agencies, and medical journals.
AVAILABLE AT | visioncenter.org
These state organizations provide educational resources on eye care, eye disorders, and eye diseases
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.
PHONE NUMBER | 1-866-316-7263
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
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
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