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Eyecare America, a public service program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, seeks to preserve sight by raising awareness about macular degeneration (AMD) and other eye diseases and by providing access to medical eye care. This program can help you get free eye care from participating eye doctors if you meet the eligibility requirements. Visit the Eyecare America website to learn about eye diseases and to see if you qualify.

Sight for Students is a program founded by Vision Service Plan (VSP), a commercial vision benefits company. The program provides vision exams and glasses to up to 50,000 uninsured children a year. There are a number of eligibility requirements. Contact a Sight for Students partner to determine whether your child qualifies for the program. For more information call the Sight for Students hotline at 1-888-290-4964.

Vision USA is a program of the American Optometric Association Foundation that provides free eye health and vision care services to children in need. However, enrollment is very limited. To find out more about who is eligible in Wisconsin and how to apply, visit the Vision USA - The Wisconsin Project website, or telephone 877-435-2020.

The U.S. Bureau of Primary Health Care lists free and reduced-fee clinics.  Contact each clinic for more information.

Last Revised: June 26, 2013