Do you or your child need glasses but they are too expensive to afford at the moment? Any of the several organizations listed below may be able to help.
CHILD SIGHT-Helen Keller Foundation
Service: Free Vision Screening and Voucher for free glasses
New Eyes for the Needy
Address: 549 Millburn Av., Short Hills NJ 07078
Telephone: (973) 376-4903
Service: Voucher for free glasses
Eligible: People of any age who can demonstrate need AND already have a prescription for glasses
Procedure: A member of the school staff must write a letter on school stationery stating that the child is financially needy, as indicated by eligibility for free or low-cost lunch. The child’s name and age must be clearly stated. A photocopy of the child’s eyeglass prescription must be enclosed. New Eyes then sends a voucher for a pair of glasses back to the school. The school gives it to the parent, who can use it at any participating optical establishment.
Prevent Blindness Tristate/Sight for Students Program
Address: 984 Southford Rd., Middlebury CT 06762
Telephone: (800) 850-2020
Service: Voucher for free eye exam from a participating doctor, and voucher for free glasses if prescribed.
Eligibility criteria: 1. Family income is no more than 200% of poverty level
2. Child does not have any vision insurance
3. Child is 18 or younger and attending school
4. Someone in the family has a Social Security number.
5. Child has not used this program during the past 12 months
Procedure: The adult making the referral calls (800) 850-2020, ext. 21, with the child’s name, address and date of birth, and a family Social Security number. Sight for Students sends the referrer a list of participating doctors, a voucher, and an application form, and forms for the doctor to fill out. The referrer assists the family in filling out the application form and making an appointment with a participating provider. The family takes all relevant forms to the doctor’s visit.
Lenscrafters: Gift of Sight Voucher (participating vendors)
Need a letter from the school, on letterhead, with tax exempt form
Kress Vision Center
NYU Downtown Hospital, 170 William Street, 2nd floor
Mon – Fri., 9 – 4 - Parent has to call and make an appointment. Call 212 233-8483