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.  The process is as follows:

  • Obtain an application and work with a social service agency in your community to submit your application.  
  • VISION USA reviews your application and emails your social service agent the name of a volunteer doctor in your area. 
  • Obtain a copy of the email notification from your social service agent.
  • 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.

A contact lens exam and / or contacts are not available through this program.


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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