How the Program Operates

VISION USA provides free eye exams to eligible, low-income individuals. Services are donated by volunteer optometrists who are members of the American Optometric Association and may be limited in some areas.

If you are eligible to receive services, you will be matched with a volunteer doctor of optometry who will provide a comprehensive eye exam at no charge.  The process is as follows:

  • Your agency representative will receive an email notification on your behalf with the name of a volunteer doctor for you to contact directly to schedule an appointment for a no cost eye examination.  A contact lens exam and / or contacts are not available through this program.
  • Obtain a copy of the email notification from your case worker.
  • Call the doctor within 45 days from the date of the email to schedule an appointment. Be sure to let the doctor’s office know you were given the doctor’s name through the VISION USA program.
  • You are responsible for your own transportation and must be on time for your appointment to avoid scheduling conflicts.
  • Contact the doctor’s office 48 hours in advance of the day of your appointment should you need to cancel or reschedule.
  • Missed appointments will not be rescheduled and will further disqualify you from receiving free eye care. Appointment days and times are limited.

Eyewear may be provided at no cost or for a small fee/donation in some states but is not guaranteed.

Doctors donate their services and appointments are limited in some areas.

To contact VISION USA, please send an email to


Your investment will ensure that The AOA Foundation continues to provide immediate relief to those in need in the wake of natural disasters, vision care to needy Americans, scholarships for optometry students, preservation of optometry’s history and public education about the need for a lifetime of vision care.

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