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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
A marker243 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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      debra 6 years ago

      cryssy,If you were a little brighter,you might be aware of at least two opportunities for free internet - all public libraries and all state funded colleges and universities have internet access. Inidentally, most state employment offices provide some access to those who are job-seeking. Anyone who is working and making $8000 a year is quite possibly seeking another job. Try thinking before you run your mouth...

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      Sweets 7 years ago

      @cryssy, @JazzyGirl, @Blah & all closed minded person's or anyone else that doesn't seem to have any common sense or know anything about, or know how to preform research. There is such a thing called a Libray, Community Center, etc., etc. that have such a thing called FREE SERVICE'S like the use of Computers, Internet, & lots of other community services. Just like this page has Free Information to the public. But it surley is not here for anyone to make stupid comments towards one another. You kinda PPL need to go to one of those Chat rooms so you can act & make Rude childish comments towards each other.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for posting this it is very hard having no insurance...especially when you can't see lol

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      Yikes! 7 years ago

      @blah: what is wrong with you? Why would you talk to a stranger like that? Everyone comes from different budgets. As a college student you have access to loans and aids that others may not have. That person is living way below the poverty line so lay off her opinion! Nobody needs a virtual bully on top of the stress of a strained budget. I also think that amount isn't cheap but I don't think I'm on a high horse. Ugh. The Internet has no manners

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      cryssy 7 years ago


      you only make 8000 a year? less than minimum wage and yet you somehow can still afford internet.

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      Eman 7 years ago

      @jazzygirl and @blah- how the hell do you guys survive on that kind of income? i'd have to have two jobs if i was making less then freaking 8k a year....ffFFFFff that!!!!!

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      Blah 7 years ago

      @JazzyGirl - You're really stupid for putting down WalMart. I had to buy contacts & glasses at the same time, and the woman working helped me out by giving me a coupon for eyeglasses when I embarrassingly realized I came up about 3 dollars short. As a college student I was low on money and had to save up for 3 months to afford it.

      You make way more than I do currently, so shut your mouth. Stop trying to have some pity party and grab attention. $80 on an eye exam is a BARGAIN. I paid $140 for mine. Spending lots of money on something like vision is kind of expected. Get off your high horse.

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      Improve Your Eyesight Naturally 7 years ago

      Hi! You can also try this free online test at this link...

      Make sure you have a ruler ready because you have to measure a small bar on the screen with it and also measure the distance between your face and the screen.

      Hope that helps!


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      NOVAK GIREYEV 7 years ago

      I heard wal mart has free eyes exam if yes how to make appointment ??

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      Clare 7 years ago

      Great article :)

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      TrustInHim 7 years ago

      The coupon for free eye test is only for contacts but I need the for glasses! Please provide free coupon for glasses!!

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      evereven 7 years ago

      Still looking for a free eye exam in Phoenix AZ (with purchase of eye glasses). Unfortunately, I cannot travel to the east coast to use the coupon posted by nguyen.

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      healthgoji 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the information. Healthcare for everyone, even those that can't afford it sounds good. But is there a catch?

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      Lizzy  8 years ago

      We just got a Walmart Vision Center here for eye exams, and it is a lot less expensive than the other local optometrists.

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      nelly collado 8 years ago

      i am a single mom of 3 boys with no health insurance i am needing an eye exam as soon as possible only becuz i feel my eye sight geting wordr..plz helpl..i wated to but it is very hard..dealing with the economy..plz im desperate calll me @ 407 953 0726

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      JazzyGirl 8 years ago

      Yeah, right. Walmart is not affordable as far as solutions go. They quoted me $85 for an eye exam. And those special offers they have on contacts? Yeah, they only work if you spend a ton of money buying a year's supply of them. Not all of us have the money. I survive on less than $8000 a year. The money they want for that eye exam is more than I spend on food in three months.

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      Grateful 8 years ago

      I would really like to thank the person that contributed to the information on this website....

      Thank you so very much for taking the time to compile this information-- very, very helpful!!