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CFCCC Resource Guide

Vision Impaired Services


American Academy of Ophthalmology

Provides referrals for people over age 65 who cannot afford to see an ophthalmologist; also diabetics and glaucoma sufferers.


The Seniors EyeCare Program (formerly the National Eye Care Project)

PO Box 7424

655 Beach Street

San Francisco, CA 94120-7424



American Optometric Association: Sponsors Vision USA, which offers free eye exams for those who qualify:


The program is open to children and adults of all ages who qualify. Here are the general eligibility requirements, although they may vary by state. To receive free services, individuals must:

1.     Have a job or live in a household where there is one working member;

2.     Have no vision insurance (may include Medicare/Medicaid);

3.     Have income below an established level based on household size; and

4.     Not have had an eye exam within 2 years.

If an individual or family is eligible, they will be matched with a volunteer doctor of optometry who will provide a comprehensive eye exam at no charge. The doctors are donating their services and may be limited in some areas. Eyewear may also be provided at no cost or for a small fee/donation in some states.


For more information call or write to:

Vision USA

243 North Lindbergh Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63141



The Ark


Maintains food pantry, homeless residences, medical and legal clinics, dental and eye clinics, pharmacy, crisis intervention, counseling services, emergency financial aid, programs for seniors & thrift shops.


6450 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60645-5257

Ph: 773-973-1000

Fax: 773-973-4362

Email: ark < at >



Blind and Vision Impaired Products and Services http:\\


Freedom Scientific

For those with low vision.

11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg, FL 33716-1805
Sales & Information Phone: 1-800-444-4443 (within US)
Sales & Information Phone: 1-727-803-8000 (worldwide)
Fax: 1-727-803-8001


The Knights Templar Eye Foundation

Helps those who cannot afford surgery and are not eligible for government-funded health care.


1000 East State Parkway
Suite I
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4592
Phone: (847) 490-3838
Fax: (847) 490-3777
e-mail: ktefofc < at >


The Hill Burton Program

Participating hospitals and other health care facilities provide medical care for free or at reduced cost to those who meet eligibility requirements, based on family size and income.

Health Resources and Services Administration

5600 Fishers Lane Room 10-105

Rockville, MD 20857


800-492-0359 in Maryland only


Lions Club International

Lions of Illinois Foundation Social Service Program assist lower income families/individuals with visual or hearing impairments in Illinois. Eye and hearing exams and evaluations, glasses and hearing aids may be provided. Lions Club assists in referrals for additional hearing and visual needs.


Eyeglass collection and procurement. Contact them for further information.

300 22nd St.

Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842


The Lions Of Illinois Foundation



Lossman Eye Care Associates

Accepts Medicaid

Locations in: Park Ridge, IL, (847) 696-2434

Lake Zurich, IL, (847) 726-2020

Carpentersville, IL (847) 428-4884

Elk Grove Village, IL (847) 895-7222


National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Talking Books

Free extensive cassette or disk audio library and free listening device available for the qualifying individual, including books, magazines, and video for the vision impaired. Special listening devices for the hard of hearing. Braille is also available.

Talking Book Topics available at the National Library Service home page:

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542
Toll-Free: 1-888-657-7323 to connect to a local library
TDD: (202) 707-0744

FAX: (202) 707-0712

(in Chicago):

5th Floor North

Chicago Public Library

Harold Washington

Library Center

400 South State Street

Chicago, IL 60605

(800) 757-4654

(312) 747-4001


New Eyes for the Needy

Accepts donations of used prescription glass and distributes them to persons with limited incomes. Must have referral from a social service agency.

549 Millburn Avenue

PO Box 332

Short Hills, NJ 07078-3330