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Free Eye Exam

Updated on October 20, 2012

The gift of sight is one of the most precious senses and eye exam is something that shouldn't be compromised at all cost.

A simple eye problem, if left untreated, could lead to more serious vision defects.

But is it really necessary to have your eyes checked every year? Well, prevention is still the mother of all cures.

The problem is, not everyone can afford to have regular eye exams. In a tight economy when the value of our dollars diminishes, the cost of eyeglasses, contact lenses, other eye care products become a burden to some low-income families.

While some are able to pay for the costs with their HSA, it isn't always an option for everyone, especially seniors.

The good news is, if you are in need of financial aid for eye care, you might contact one or more of the following programs where you can possibly qualify for a free eye exam.

Free Program
Lions Clubs International
Provides financial assistance to individuals for eye care through local clubs.
300 West 22nd Street Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842, 630-571-5466
Provides a free comprehensive infant eye assessment to children younger than one year
Call InfantSEE® Toll Free: 888-396-EYES (3937)
Community Mobile Eye Clinics
Operates an eye care outreach program with mobile eye exam buses in the community.
501 Moorpark Way #137 Mountain View, CA 94041 310-825-2195
Knights Templar Eye Foundation
Provides financial assistance for medical eye care, for those under ages 65 who don’t qualify for Medicaid or have private insurance and can’t afford to pay for care
Call 847-490-3838
243 North Lindbergh Blvd:
243 N Lindbergh Blvd, St Louis, MO 63141, USA

get directions


If you're looking for free eye exam, try VISION USA™. It provides free eye exams to eligible, low-income working families who have no vision insurance.

Since 1991, more than 340,000 low-income working Americans have benefited from free eye exams through VISION USA™.

If you haven't had an eye exam for the last 2 years and uninsured, you might be eligible for a free comprehensive eye exam.

Eligibility Requirements

While the program is open to people of all ages, general eligibility requirements may vary by state.

To be eligible for free services, you must:

  1. Have no vision insurance (this may include Medicare/Medicaid)
  2. Have income below an established level based on household size
  3. Not have had an eye exam within two years
  4. Must be a U.S. Citizen or Legal resident

America's Best

Still one of the best deals we found online for both eyewear and eye care is America's Best with its unique program called Eye Care Club where you can get 5 FREE eye exams over the course of 3 or 5 years and huge discount on purchases of eyeglasses and contact lenses.

You can also get printable free eye exam coupons from 'Retail Me Not' where you can avail yourself with plenty of discount coupons in your area.

Wal-Mart Vision Center

With over 3,000+ vision centers throughout the country, Wal-Mart Vision Center has established its reputation a center for those who are looking for cheap eye exams, making it the preferred choice for eye exams.

It offers one of the most comprehensive range of services to preserve your eye health and improve your vision with a huge range of Walmart eyeglasses, contact lenses, frames to choose from at affordable prices.

Sight for Students®

For parents with children who are struggling with the high cost of eyecare, Sight for Students® is definitely a great option for free eye exam.

Since its inception in 1997, thanks to Vision Service Plan (VSP), up to 50,000 eligible children every year receive a free comprehensive eye exam and free eyeglasses if necessary.



Here's a full list of best places to get a free or cheap eye exam in different states within the US



Protect Your Eyesight

Keeping your eyes healthy is important. Many, if not all, vision defects are preventable if diagnosed early. Yet many people ignore the importance of an annual eye exam.

If the cliche holds true, eyesight free of defects is wealth. So a regular eye exam is the best way to preserve your eyesight. And yes, you even need to have this yearly eye test even if you don’t have any type of vision problems.

If you've been neglecting your vision because of financial burden, we hope the above recommended programs for free eye exam might help when you need it most.


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