“EYECARE AMERICA SENIORS EYECARE” PROGRAM
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc.
By detecting and treating eye disease early through annual, dilated eye exams, seniors can preserve their eye sight and prevent or treat eye diseases such as Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Diabetic Neuropathy and more.
To qualify for free eye exams and eye care seniors must:
-Be US citizens or legal residents Age 65 and older
-Not have seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years
-Not belong to an HMO or the VA
Volunteer ophthalmologists accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment and patients without health insurance receive free eye care.
*Eyeglasses, prescription drugs, hospital services, and other medical professional fees are not included in the "Senior EyeCare" Program.
EyeCare America is also promoting senior eye health through the "Don't Lose Sight of Your Independence Campaign," a national eye health campaign to remind seniors about the importance of eyesight and to encourage seniors 65 and older to call EyeCare America’s Seniors EyeCare Program to see if they qualify for a free eye exam and care.
EyeCare America also offers a glaucoma eye exam program.
EyeCare America is a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is committed to the preservation of sight through public service and education. EyeCare America provides eye care services to the medically underserved and for those at increased risk for eye disease through 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists dedicated to serving their communities. More than 90 percent of the care made available is provided at no out-of-pocket cost to the patients. EyeCare America includes programs for glaucoma, diabetes, and AMD as well as seniors and children, and is the largest program of its kind in American medicine.
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