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Vision and Hearing Services

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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. This service is provided through schools every other year from the Macomb County Health Department, Mt. Clemens, (586) 469-5188.

Free basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to uninsured, low income people and their families. If you do 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 in 1991 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 

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 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 Kid Sight, contact Kay Furby, (810) 367-7004 assistance@projectkidsight.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 or to find the local contact person visit their website at http://www.LionsClubs.org  or call (248) 975-6072.

Free cataract surgery for those with no Medicare, Medicaid, or third party insurance coverage. To qualify for this free community 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 www.LionsClubs.org to find the local contact person. 

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. A person who need eyeglasses, cannot afford them and does not have insurance that pays for glasses, must work with a social worker or caseworker to submit an application to the voucher program. To apply for a voucher, go to:  http://neweyesfortheneedy.org/apply-for-assistance

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.

Services available from New Eyes for the Needy. For more information, go to http://neweyesfortheneedy.org

Free hearing aids/low cost hearing aids. For those individuals with no insurance and within 200% of poverty income levels, hearing aids are available to persons living in Michigan, and are distributed through 17 participating locations around the State. In addition, low-cost hearing aids are available to all individuals who do not qualify for this program.  For information about Hearing Aids Assistance: Contact Jen Bezanson or Audrey Brown at 888-542-6424 or visit their website at http://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