New Eyes does not pay for eye exams. However, applicants must have had a recent eye exam (within the past 12 months) to apply for an eyeglass voucher.


The following national programs may provide free or low-cost eye exams:

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Commission for the Blind

search for the Commission for the Blind in your state who should have a Project Prevention Unit and can direct you to assistance for your area.


Lions Clubs

provide financial assistance for eye care to individuals through local clubs. Services vary from club to club.

OneSight Program

may provide free eye care to individuals based on a referral from a local charitable agency such as the American Red Cross, United Way, Boys Club and YMCA..

Sight for Students

(1-888-290-4964) operates nationally through a network of community partners to provide free eye care to low-income, insured children 18 years of age and younger.

EyeCare America

the public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides eye care through volunteer Ophthalmologists at no cost to those that qualify. 

Vision USA

is sponsored by the American Optometric Association (AOA) and provides free vision care to low-income people and their families that meet specific criteria. Applications must be submitted online at or by regular mail to Vision USA, 234 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141.


 New Eyes maintains a list of agencies that may provide free or reduced cost eye exams to low income individuals in different states. If a prospective applicant is having difficulty getting an eye exam, click here to submit a request for assistance. New Eyes may be able to help.