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EyeCare America provides eye care at no cost to those who qualify through its corps of 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists (EyeMDs) nationwide. To see if you qualify, visit their Online Referral Center at www.eyecareamerica.org.
One-in-three Americans has some form of vision impairing eye disease by age 65, and nearly three million people of all ages have glaucoma. Most people do not know it either because there are often no early warning symptoms or they assume that poor sight is a natural part of growing older. Detecting and treating eye disease early through annual, dilated eye exams can prevent unnecessary vision loss and preserve sight well into the future.
Through its Online Referral Center, the Seniors EyeCare Program offers two types of services based on qualifications.
Service I for:
o US citizens or legal residents
o Age 65 or older
o Have not seen an EyeMD in three or more years.
o Not belong to an HMO or have eye care through the Veteran's Administration
These patients may be eligible to receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of care at no out-of-pocket cost for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Volunteer ophthalmologists waive co-payments and unmet deductibles, and accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full; patients without insurance receive this care at no charge.
Service II for:
o US Citizens or Legal Residents
o Increased risk for glaucoma (determined by their age, race and family history)
o Those who have not had an eye exam in 12 months or more.
These patients may be eligible to receive a free glaucoma eye exam if they are uninsured. Those who are eligible and insured will be billed for the exam and are responsible for any co-payments.
Visit www.eyecareamerica.org for more information or to see if you qualify for a referral to one of EyeCare America's 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists nationwide.
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David Palmer, MD -- Chair, EyeCare America's Seniors EyeCare Program Betty Lucas -- Director, EyeCare America ECA staff 877-887-6327; Fax 415-561-8567, PO Box 429098 San Francisco, CA 94142
EyeCare America is co-sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., with additional support provided by Alcon. EyeCare America is endorsed by state and subspecialty ophthalmological societies.
A public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, EyeCare America's mission is to reduce avoidable blindness and severe visual impairment through education and public service.