The following organizations provide free glaucoma screenings for those who are eligible.
EyeCare America – Glaucoma EyeCare Program
(800) 391-EYES (3937)
Individuals calling the toll-free line are screened for glaucoma risk factors. Those at moderate to high risk for glaucoma are referred to a participating ophthalmologist in their area. The glaucoma exam is offered at no cost to uninsured at-risk individuals.
EyeCare America – Seniors Eyecare Program
(800) 222-EYES (3937)
Provides free and low-cost eye exams for US citizens 65 and older who have not had access to an ophthalmologist in the past three years, and do not have eye care insurance through an HMO or the VA.
Lions Club International
(630) 571-5466 (national office)
Provides financial assistance to individuals for eye care through local clubs. There are Lions Clubs in most localities, and services vary from club to club. Check your telephone book for the telephone number and address of your local club.
Provides an annual dilated eye exam for Medicare beneficiaries over 65 at high risk for glaucoma. Those eligible for this service are: people with diabetes, family history of glaucoma, or African-Americans over 50.
Early detection, through regular and complete eye exams, is the key to protecting your vision from damage caused by glaucoma. So plan to get a dilated eye exam on a regular basis, and share this information with your family and friends.
Last reviewed on February 28, 2022