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Upcoming FREE Medical Vision Dental Clinics TN CA VA OK KY


Remote Area Medical, the Pioneers in no-cost health care, will have several upcoming FREE Clinic Events. 

  • Dental
  • Medical
  • Vision
  • Women's Health

As with all events of this type, it is important that you arrive early and expect a lengthy day....It Is Well Worth It.

Below is the schedule, which can also be found here.


Oct 22-23


Chester County, Henderson, TN - Chester Co. Jr. High School



D, Vis, M


Feb 4-5

Knox County, Knoxville, TN - Jacob Building

D, Vis, M, W

March 3-4

Rockbridge Co., Buena Vista, VA

D, Vis, M

March 10-11

Rhea Co., TN

D, Vis, M, W

March 22-25

Oakland, CA

D, Vis, M

March 30-April 2

Sacramento, CA

D, Vis, M

May 19-20

Grundy Co., TN

D, Vis, M, W

June 2-3

Claiborne Co., TN

D, Vis, M, W

June 9-10

Pikeville, KY

D, Vis, M

July 20-22

Wise County, VA, at the Wise County Fairground

D, Vis, M, W

August 25-26

Oklahoma City, OK

D, Vis, M

A=Airborne, D=Dental, M=Medical, Vet=Veterinary, Vis=Vision, W=Women's Health 


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California FREE Vision Care For Uninsured

The California Vision Foundation is a non-profit, optometric charity designed to provide low-income, working, uninsured families throughout the state of California with free comprehensive eye exams and low cost glasses. 

Here's the link to their website:

Information for Patients


Individuals must meet the following criteria to qualify for a free eye exam and low cost glasses:

  1. There must be at least one adult in the household that is employed at least part-time.
  2. The household must qualify as low income.
  3. The individual applying for the exam may not have had an exam in the past two (2) years.
  4. The individual applying for the exam may not have vision insurance.

How to Apply:
Applications are available on this website (click here for application)
or call 1-800-877-5738 and request one by mail or fax.

What to Expect:
Once an individual has qualified for the program, every attempt will be made to match them with a volunteer optometrist in their area. Optometrists are donating their services and are, therefore, limited in some areas. Waiting times depend on the number of available appointments and the amount of qualified applicants in any particular area. An average waiting period is 2 to 3 months, but can vary from city to city.

All applicants that have been matched to an optometrist will receive a letter in the mail containing the name, address and telephone number of the optometrist that they can call to schedule an appointment. Appointments will not be scheduled for patients who fail to contact the optometrist’s office within 60 days of receiving notification of eligibility.

Every attempt is made to assign members of the same family or household to the same doctor, but individuals will be sent to different doctors if it allows them to be seen in a shorter time frame. While an entire family or household may use just one application to apply for the program, all individuals who qualify for the program will receive their own letter detailing the doctor they have been assigned to.

Qualified patients will receive a free comprehensive eye exam. If glasses are needed, they will be provided for a fee of $20.

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Sources For Free Eye Exams

The following national agencies may provide free or low-cost eye exams:

Please note that New Eyes provides links to other sites as a benefit to our Website visitors. New Eyes is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of any linked site, nor does a link imply an affiliation with or an endorsement of the linked organization.

EyeCare America (800-222-3937)is a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Seniors, those with glaucoma or diabetes, and children may be eligible for a referral to one of EyeCare America's 7,500 volunteer ophthalmologists nationwide.

Lions Clubs provide financial assistance for eye care to individuals through local clubs. Services vary from club to club.

Gift of Sight Program may provide free eye care to individuals based on a referral from a local charitable agency such as the American Red Cross, United Way, Boys Club, and YMCA.

Sight for Students (800-290-4964) operates nationally through a network of community partners to provide free eye care to children 18 years of age an younger of low-income working parents who do not qualify for government assistance.

Vision USA (800-766-4466) provides free vision care to uninsured low-income workers and their families

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Free Eye Exam Through VISION USA™

If you do not qualify for government aid or private health care assistance that covers the cost of routine eye or vision care, VISION USA™ can help. VISION USA™ provides basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to uninsured, low-income people and their families. VISION USA™ was established in 1991 by AOA doctors of optometry who donate their services.

Eligibility Requirements

VISION USA™ is open to children and adults. General eligibility requirements vary by state. To receive free services, you must:
  1. Have a job or live in a household where there is one working member
  2. Have no vision insurance (this may include Medicare/Medicaid)
  3. Have income below an established level based on household size
  4. Not have had an eye exam within two years

If you or your family are eligible to receive services, you will be matched with a volunteer doctor of optometry who will provide a comprehensive eye exam at no charge. Eyewear also may be provided at no cost or for a small fee/donation in some states. (Note: Doctors donate their services and may be limited in some areas.)

Receiving Care

Residents of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming should first review screening instructions. If you live in a state not listed here and want to apply, you may apply online.

You also may apply by downloading a Word document application and mailing it to Vision USA™:

Applications also are available by writing, calling or emailing:

243 North Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
1-800-766-4466, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., CST (M-F)
Fax: 314/991-4101

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Sources of Free Eye Exams

The following agencies may provide free or low-cost eye exams:


State Name Contact Information Overview
Alabama The Eyesight Foundation of Alabama (205) 488- 0771
700 South 18th Street
Suite 123
Birmingham, AL 35233
Screenings and referrals for medically indigent
Arizona Eye Care Arizona, Inc. (602) 604-1281
702 East Highland
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Eye care for Needy Families in Arizona
Arizona Arizona Foundation for the Changing Eye, Inc. (602) 251-3400
1800 East Van Buren
Phoenix, AX 85006
Provides care to those in the metro and rural areas of greater Phoenix
California Community Mobile Eye Clinics (650) 938-6934
501 Moorpark Way #137
Mountain View, CA 94041
Operates an eye care outreach program with mobile eye exam buses in the community.
Colorado I Care USA Foundation (720) 941-8882
Jubilee Church Center
2222 West 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
Works with Lions Club of Denver to provide eye care services.
Connecticut Unite for Sight, Inc. (203) 426-487031
Brookwood Drive
Newtown, CT 06470
Free vision screening in the area.
Florida Jeppesen Visionquest, Inc. (407) 323-2040
34 Keyes Ct.
Sanford, FL 32773
Program operates for needy children in the state of Florida. Free eye exams are provided by volunteer eye care professionals.

Eye Care Community Outreach (ECCO)

Indiana University School of Optometry

(317) 321-1424

501 Indiana Avenue, Suite 100

Indianapolis, IN

Connects uninsured and underinsured individuals with donated eye exams and opthalmology services.
Maryland The Shepherd's Table, Inc. (301) 585-6463
8210A Colonial Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Has a vision clinic that provides eye exams to the homeless and the needy.
Massachusetts New England Eye Institute, Inc. (617) 236-6311
1255 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
Provides services through centers in Boston, Chelsea, and mobile services.
Michigan Frank N. Andersen Regional Eye Foundation


Mackinaw # 5000
Saginaw, MI 48604

Charitable services including eye care for the indigent.
Ohio Beacon Journal Charity Fund, Inc. (330) 374-6505
333 South Main Street
Suite 319
Akron, OH 44308
Eye care services to indigent children
Oklahoma Community Charity Eye Clinic (405) 236-5212
701 N.W. 8th
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Provides vision exams for low-income people in Oklahoma city and surrounding areas.
Oklahoma Neighbor for Neighbor, Inc. (918) 425-5578
1506 East 46th Street
Tulsa, OK 74126
Provides family assistance including eye care.
Rhode Island Saving Sight Rhode Island (401) 738-1150
982 West Shore Road
Warwick , RI 02889
Provides assistance in obtaining eye exams for Rhode Islanders.
South Carolina Volunteers in Medicine Clinic (843) 681-6612
15 Northridge Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Medical services to financially eligible individuals
Tennessee Mid-South Sight and Hearing Service Inc. 1-800-642-3413
188 South Bellevue Suite 421
Memphis, TN 38104
Provides eye exams to individuals not eligible for other services in TN, MO, MS, AK
Tennessee Healing Hands Health Center, Inc. (423) 652-0694
210 Memorial Dr.
Bristol, TN 37620
Provides health care services for struggling families.
Texas Interprofessional Fostering of Ophthalmic Care for Underserved Sectors (INFOCUS) 1-866-398-7525
19728 Saums Rd. PMB #136
Houston, TX 77084
Provides primary eye care services in and around Houston.
Washington Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (360) 313-1390
4100 Plomondon Street
Vancouver, WA 98661
Free, quality medical care including eye exams who those who don't have access to healthcare.
Wisconsin Combat Blindness Foundation, Inc. (608) 238-7777
P.O. Box 5332
Madison WI, 53705
Provides care through screening and other services.
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FREE  OR LOW COST Help for eye CARE exams , glasses , low vision aids , braille books for children , camps for those with low vision or blind , specialty eye care , eye care for seniors , grants for children and adults  and more.





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A program for those who can't afford eye care .

This is information from the site :

Chapters in North America: Unite For Sight's Community Fellows are trained to reduce barriers to care by serving as advocates for community members. Community Fellows educate community members about the importance of receiving regular eye exams to prevent blindness. They connect community members with resources so that they can receive a complete eye exam through professional organizations such as American Academy of Ophthalmology (EyeCare America) and American Optometric Association (VisionUSA). By connecting community members with available free care by eye care professionals, the Community Fellows are helping community members to eliminate preventable blindness. Community Fellows also learn about, understand, and advocate for Unite For Sight's mission to apply best practices in eye care, public health, and volunteerism to achieve our goal of high quality eye care for all.

To find out if there is a Unite for Site near you , click on the link below






A new vision care program started to build in our country ! Here is some information from the site , and then some links to where the first stations have already been established.


As many as 900 million children and adults in the world today are visually impaired due to refractive errors that could be corrected by prescription eye glasses. The World Health Organization estimates that 75% of the world’s blindness could be prevented or treated. Toward that goal, InFOCUS helps large, medically isolated populations acquire basic vision services and the capacity to link patients to professional care.
 For eye care programs that are available so far , please go to the link below :  THESE ARE ALL FOR TEXAS . HOPEFULLY IF ANY DENTAL PROFESSIONALS ACCESS THIS PAGE , YOU CAN START A PROGRAM IN YOUR AREA !





I just added a cool resource to my  Dumpster Diver /Frugal low income living page:  .

It is a site on the Net where you can get glasses for as little as $8.00 ! ! ! The most expensive pair that I saw was priced at $39.00 ! ! !  Check it out ! Now I might be able to get new glasses if I can pay for an exam . That would be cool.

$8.00 EYEGLASSES ! Really !



From the comments of customers for the glasses sites listed here , I have seen people praise the services and trash them too . It seems single vision lenses come out the best and the more complicated the prescription , the more glitches. Check the sites out and see if you want to take the risk .

MORE GLASSES FOR LESS : starting at $7.95 !






The Lions organization focuses on assistance and needs of the blind and low vision population. Here is their main page :



This organization helps with exams and other eye care , but check out the conditions listed on their site first to see if you qualify.


"VISION USA Open year-round

More than 40 million low-income, working people in the United States cannot afford the cost of routine eye care or the health insurance that covers it. As income earners, they don't qualify for government aid and private health-care assistance.

Now a year-round program, VISION USA can help these people by providing basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to the many uninsured low-income people and their families who have no other means of obtaining care."




This site has many links listed for financial assistance with eye exams , surgery , glasses , medications and more :





Here is another great page with many links to

assistance with eye challenges :





The Hadley School for the Blind (listed farther below) is supported by the Lions. Here is a the page from  the Lions site that tells about all the other services that they have :





"Founded in 1985, EyeCare America is a public service program of the

Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

 Our mission is to reduce avoidable blindness and severe visual impairment by raising awareness about eye disease and care, providing free eye health educational materials and facilitating access to medical eye care

Glaucoma EyeCare Program

The Glaucoma EyeCare Program promotes early detection and treatment of glaucoma by raising awareness of glaucoma risk factors (family history, race, age), and providing free glaucoma educational materials. The program also facilitates access to a glaucoma eye exam.

1-800-391-EYES (3937)



Diabetes Eyecare Program

The Diabetes EyeCare Program promotes annual, dilated eye exams for people with diabetes. This program raises awareness about diabetic eye disease, including diabetic retinopathy, provides free diabetic eye disease educational materials, and facilitates access to eye care.

1-800-272-EYES (3937)



AMD EyeCare Program

The AMD EyeCare Program promotes annual eye exams for people 65 and older, raises awareness of AMD, provides the latest information about treatment options and low vision services, offers free AMD educational materials, and facilitates access to eye care.

1-866-324-EYES (3937)



Children's EyeCare Program

The Children's EyeCare Program is designed to educate parents on how to recognize the symptoms of eye diseases and disorders in their children between newborn and 36 months of age. This program encourages parents who think their child has a vision or eye problem to have their child's eyes examined by their pediatrician, family physician or, if necessary, by an ophthalmologist.

This line operates 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific), Monday through Friday.






"The Seniors EyeCare Program (SEP) helps to ensure that all eligible seniors have access to medical eye care and promotes annual, dilated eye exams. SEP raises awareness about age-related eye disease, including cataracts, provides free eye care educational materials and facilitates access to eye care. 

People eligible for a referral through the program receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of care—at no out-of-pocket cost—for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Volunteer ophthalmologists accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full.

The Seniors EyeCare Program is designed for people who:

Are US citizens or legal residents
Are age 65 and older
Have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years
Do not belong to an HMO or the VA
To determine if you, a family member or friend qualify for a SEP referral call 800.222.EYES (3937) toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year."






Hadley School for the Blind

The Hadley School for the Blind is an accredited international learning center that provides free distance education for:

"blind adults, 14 years of age or older;
families of blind or visually impaired persons;
professionals working in the blindness field.

Hadley offers more than 90 teacher-guided distance education courses including Braille, independent living, pre-algebra, business law, world history, and conversational French.

Students receive educational materials through the mail or access materials online. Students can contact instructors through a toll-free telephone number or through E-mail. "








"In 1997 the AAF started this program to provide blind children a free Braille book every month from a popular children’s reading series. The books are for the children to keep and collect for as long as they want them. The titles published every month are the same titles that are available in bookstores and public libraries everywhere. In the past nine years over one hundred fifty titles from popular children’s reading series were distributed to thousands of blind children. "








Braille Books for Children
P.O. Box 51924
Livonia, MI 48151-5924
Telephone: (734) 427-8552 or (800) 777-8552
Web site:

More than 650 titles available at reasonable prices for braille readers ages 0-14. Choose from print and braille pre-school picture board books, beginning reader print and braille books, and braille-only chapter books through middle school reading level on many different topics including a variety of books in uncontracted braille. Seedlings also offers "The Rose Project," providing free World Book Encyclopedia articles in braille.



The Braille Institute of America, Inc.
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Telephone: (323) 663-1111 or (800) 272-4553
Web site:

Publishes Expectations, a free braille volume containing stories for elementary school age children, plus some scratch-and-sniff pages. The book is sent out once a year around Christmastime. A summertime volume, Brailleways, is also available. Write to the Braille Institute of America to get on the mailing list. Other print-braille and braille children’s books are available.



 The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
18440 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356

Maintains a lending library of print/braille books as well as braille books for K–1 up to 12th grade reading and interest level. Books are mailed to the child’s home and also to schools. Contact the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in writing for an application. Offer a free braille calendar, as well as a weekly newspaper for deafblind individuals. All services are free.










For even more free braille publications for children , click here :








InfantSEE® is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, which will be available in Summer 2005, our member optometrists will provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment within the first year of life as a no cost public health service

To find a doctor , click on physician locator at the top of this page:




Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, a nonprofit volunteer organization, is the nation's educational library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia, or other physical disability.
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
National Headquarters
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540





Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc. is a non-profit organization

(California tax-exempt number LA-EO-65-983) devoted to providing braille and large-print Bibles and Christian reading materials to the blind and visually impaired of the world. These materials are sent FREE OF CHARGE to over 125 countries, and published in forty languages. This is made possible through generous free-will offerings and the aid of over 7,000 volunteers. Please use our menu to learn more about the history and ministry of LBW.

Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.
13471 California St. / P.O. Box 5000
Yucaipa, CA 92399 U.S.A.
PHONE: (909) 795-8977 FAX: (909) 795-8970

Click here to send e-mail to LBW.

Click here to place an order 



  The JBI Library provides the visually impaired, blind, physically handicapped and reading disabled of all backgrounds and ages with books, magazines and cultural programs in Audio (in 7 languages), in Large Print and in Braille. Its unique programs enrich the lives of 35,000 individuals around the world.

    The JBI Library provides its readers with a collection ranging from mystery novels to cookbooks to timely topics such as the production of biological weapons. It also offers a broad spectrum of fiction, biography, history, Holocaust studies, short stories, psychology and self-help, memoirs, humor and more. The JBI Library contains the largest collection of Jewish interest books (very broadly defined) for the blind and visually impaired in the world and is the only resource of its kind.

    The JBI Library is an Affiliated Library of the Library of Congress and all of its services and materials are free of charge to those eligible.


110 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: 212-889-2525
Fax: 212-689-3692
Toll Free: 1-800-433-1531

Executive Staff: Dr. Ellen Isler, President & CEO
Israel A. Taub, Vice President & CFO

Email Addresses:
For General Information, email:

For Library Information, email: Pearl Lam





That All May Read . . .

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.




Here is another book reading service to try :

" dramatically increases access to books for the community of visually impaired

and otherwise print disabled individuals. This online community enables book scans to be shared, thereby leveraging the collections of thousands of individuals who regularly scan books, eliminating significant duplication of effort. takes advantage of a special exemption in the U.S. copyright law that permits the reproduction of publications into specialized formats for the disabled.

People who are blind or have severe visual impairments that prevent them from reading ordinary newspaper print, people with learning disabilities such as dyslexia which interfere with the ability to read print material, and people with mobility limitations that interfere with holding or turning the pages of a book may join BookShare.




The National Eye Institute has a free kids activity book called 'See All You Can See'. The book is aimed at kids aged 6-8









American Council of the Blind

Student must be legally blind and a U.S. citizen or resident alien. Approximately twelve scholarships are awarded per year ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 each.
Deadline: March 1 








American Foundation for the Blind, Inc.

Type in the word "scholarship" in the search engine at the site link below , to discover numerous funding opportunities, including:

  • Delta Gamma Foundation Florence Margaret Harvey Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 to a legally blind junior, senior, or graduate student studying rehabilitation and/or education.
  • Ferdinand Torres AFB Scholarship: $1,000 to a full-time post-secondary student who is legally blind and presents evidence of economic need; the applicant must reside in the United States, but need not be a citizen.
  • Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 to a woman who is legally blind and studying classical or religious music.
  • The Helen Keller Fund provides financial support through grants of $1,000 to $3,000 to help students who are deaf-blind with his/her reading, tutoring, or equipment acquisition expenses. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • The Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship is an award of $500 awarded to a full-time graduate student who is legally blind and who presents evidence of economic need. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Paul W. Ruckes Scholarship: $2,500 to an undergraduate or graduate student who is blind or visually impaired pursuing a degree in engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences.
  • R.L. Gillette Scholarship: $1,000 to women who are legally blind and enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program in literature or music.

  • Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship:
  •  $2,500 to undergraduate or graduate students who are legally blind and studying rehabilitation and/or education of people who are blind or visually impaired. 





    Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
    William & Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship

    The Ferrell Scholarship, of $500, is awarded to two selected applicants who are legally blind and are studying for a career in the field of services to persons who are blind or visually impaired. Applicants for the Ferrell Scholarship must be legally blind. The definition of legal blindness is a visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the best corrected eye and/or a visual field of 20 degrees or less.
    Applicants for the scholarships must be studying at the post-secondary level for a career in the field of services to persons who are blind or visually impaired. Applications must be received in the AER central office by April 15 of even numbered years (i.e., 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 etc.). Scholarships are awarded in conjunction with AER’s biennial international conference, which is held during the summer of the even numbered years.



    Association of Blind Citizens

    The Association of Blind Citizens will offer ten thousand dollars in college scholarships to legally blind individuals seeking a college degree. The Reggie Johnson Memorial Scholarship will be valued at $2000 and seven $1000 scholarships will also be available. The scholarships will be offered for the 2007/2008 school year. The scholarship may be applied to tuition, living expenses or related expenses resulting from blindness.



    Association of Blind Citizens
    Assistive Technology Fund

    The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. The ABC board of directors believes that this program will allow blind and visually impaired individuals access to technology products that will have a significant impact on improving employment opportunities, increase the level of independence and enhance their overall quality of life.




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