Medicare does not cover eye exams or eyeglasses, as stated on Medicare.com. Payment assistance for routine eye exams can be accessed through VISION USA, EyeCare America and Lions Club International.
Although Medicare does not provide coverage for routine eye exams, Medicare recipients with health problems like diabetes, or people who are at risk of glaucoma and other serious health issues, may qualify for coverage, according to AllAboutVision.com.
People who do not qualify and are in need of payment assistance should take advantage of the free exams provided by VISION USA, EyeCare America and Lions Club International.
VISION USA benefits low-income and uninsured families. The foundation can be contacted by phone for further information.
EyeCare America provides eye exams for senior citizens who meet the foundation's eligibility standards. Depending on the financial status of the patient, the exams may be free of charge or other benefit programs may be used to cover the costs, as noted by AllAboutVision.com.
Lions Club International members can receive financial support for an eye exams, as stated by AllAboutVision.com. The club also has a program to collect recycled eyeglasses and redistribute to people in need: eyeglasses can be mailed to one of the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers, which are located across the world. Lions Club International provides a search tool for donors to find the nearest recycling center.