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Vision and Hearing Services

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VISION SERVICES

One-time comprehensive eye assessment for infants in their first year of life, by participating optometrists, regardless of income. For the name of a participating Optometrist, go to: www.infantsee.org .

Free vision and hearing screenings, referrals and follow-up for preschool and school-aged children. The vision and hearing tests are done by grade so one year students will get a vision screening; and the next year, hearing.  This service is provided by the Macomb County Health Department, Mt. Clemens, (586) 469-5188.

A free vision screening program for young children from about 6 months old to 5 years old conducted by members of Lions and Lioness clubs. Project KidSight uses a PediaVision digital camera which takes a picture of a child’s eyes and analyzes results.  Children either get a “pass” or “refer” status. Those with “refer” results get a recommendation to make an appointment with an eye care professional. Lions members conduct screening of preschoolers at Head Start programs and schools, libraries and homeless shelters, festivals and community events, and at Lion’s events. For more information about Project KidSight, contact Kay Furby, (810) 367-7004 assistance@projectkidsight.org

Free basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to uninsured, low income people and their families. If  the child/adult does not qualify for government aid or private health care assistance, 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 by American Optometric Association 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, the person must:

1. Have no private or government insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid.

2. Have income below an established level based on household size.

3. Not have had an eye exam within the past two years.

4. Must be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident.

5. Have not received a doctor referral through the VISION USA program in the past two years.

If the person 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. A contact lens exam and/or contacts are not available through this program. Eyewear 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.) For more information, call (800) 766-4466, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., CST (M-F), or visit their website at http://www.aoa.org/visionusa.xml 

The purchase of new prescription eyeglasses through a voucher program for children and adults in the United States who cannot afford glasses on their own.

Eligibility:

  • Be in financial need.
  • Have had a recent eye exam. New Eyes does not pay for eye exams.
  • Have no other resources available to them to pay for glasses, including federal or state programs or assistance from local charitable organizations.

Individuals cannot apply for themselves. The online application is only accessible to social service agencies who apply on their clients behalf.   To apply for a voucher, go to:  http://neweyesfortheneedy.org/apply-for-assistance

Help to defray the costs of eye exams, buying eyeglasses, cataract services and surgery, etc.  The Lions Club helps the community by paying for eye exams, buying eyeglasses, cataract services and surgery, etc. For information on the Lions Club in your town, visit their website at http://www.LionsClubs.org to find the local contact person or call (248) 975-6072.

Free cataract surgery for those with no Medicare, Medicaid, or third party insurance coverage.  To qualify for this service through Mission Cataract USA, applicants must have poor vision due to cataracts uncorrectable with glasses which interferes with activities of daily living, no Medicare, Medicaid, or third party insurance coverage, and no other means to pay for cataract surgery. For information about participating doctors, call (800) 343-7265 or visit their website at http://www.missioncataractusa.org

Help to defray the costs of eye exams, buying eyeglasses, cataract services and surgery, etc.  The Lions Club helps the community by paying for eye exams, buying eyeglasses, cataract services and surgery, etc. For information on the Lions Club in your town, visit their website at http://www.LionsClubs.org to find the local contact person or call (248) 975-6072. District 11A2 - Oakland and Macomb Counties.

Books in Braille or in audio format are available for free loan.  The playback equipment needed to listen to talking books is loaned for as long as it is needed.  Magazine in audio and Braille formats are also available. Books are delivered through the U.S. Postal Service. For those with a high-speed internet service and an e-mail account, an alternative to getting books through the mail is to download them directly to a computer and save the book file to a thumb drive. The playback machine provided has a special port for that purpose. Available from The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, (313) 456-1646.

HEARING SERVICES

Free hearing (and vision) screenings, referrals and follow-up for preschool and school-aged children.  The vision and hearing tests are done by grade so one year students will get a hearing screening; and the next year, vision. This service is provided through schools from the Macomb County Health Department (Mt. Clemens), (586) 469-5188.

Hearing aids at a considerable discount for U.S. citizens and Green Card holders who are low income, do not have any hearing aid coverage on their health insurance, and who reside in Macomb County. Available from the Lion’s Hearing Center of Michigan’s Hearing Aid Assistance program. Approved applicants are eligible to receive hearing aid(s) at a considerable discount from their retail cost. The application is available at the applicant's local Lions Club. For more information, contact Jen Bezanson at (313) 745-4664 or info@lhcmi.org Website: www.LHCMI.org

Free captioned telephone for anyone with hearing loss, regardless of their age, income, insurance or veteran status including telephone, setup, instructions on how to use it, follow up and the captioning service. The user needs home phone service, a way to connect to the Internet and some form of hearing loss. The user is responsible for their monthly phone bill. Available from ClearCaptions, a federally-funded program. For more information, contact Ms. Tracy Salisbury, (810) 360-9364 or tracy.dunksalisbury@clearcaptions.com

This resource book was developed by the Lions Hearing Center of Michigan and is posted a http://lhcmi.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Deaf_HH_Resource2013.pdf