EyeCare America offers free Seniors Eye Care Programs

senior-eye-careEyeCare America is a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Since 1985 the  mission of the institute is to reduce avoidable blindness and severe visual impairment by raising awareness about eye disease and care, providing free eye health educational materials and facilitating access to medical eye care.

EyeCare America is very much determine to help senior people to preserve their eye sights through senior eye care programs.

The Seniors Eye Care Program ensures that every senior has access to medical eye care and promotes annual, dilated eye exams. It raises awareness about age-related eye
disease, including cataracts, provides free eye care educational materials and facilitates access to eye care at no out-of-pocket cost.

By age 65, one in three Americans has some form of vision impairing eye disease. Most do not know it because there are often no warning symptoms or they assume that poor sight is a natural part of growing older. By detecting and treating eye disease early through annual, dilated eye exams, seniors can preserve their sight.

How to Qualify the programme?

The Seniors EyeCare Program is designed for people who:

* Are US citizens or legal residents
* Are age 65 and older
* Have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years
* Do not belong to an HMO or the VA

To determine if you, a family member or friend qualify for a referral through this program, call 800-222-EYES (3937) toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

People who are eligible for a referral through the program 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 accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full; patients without insurance receive care at no charge.

Apart from senior eye care, Eye Care America also offers multiple eye care programs for which any individuals may qualify. Callers will automatically be screened to determine the program that provides the most appropriate eye care services.

Callers who have not had an eye exam in the past 12 months and are at increased risk for glaucoma may be eligible for a glaucoma eye exam through the Glaucoma EyeCare Program.

Callers will be asked a series of questions to determine the program that provides the most appropriate eye care services, so please only call one help line.

So for further information regarding eligibility for a free eye exam, call toll free 1-800-222-EYES (3937).

Source: EyeCare America [www.eyecareamerica.com]

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