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How can you get a free contact lens exam?

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Get a free contact lens exam through Vision USA, Eyecare America or Sights for Students. To qualify for a free exam with Vision USA, you must come from an uninsured, low-income family. Contact Vision USA at 800-766-4466 for eligibility and information.

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You must be an eligible senior to qualify for the free exam with Eyecare America. Eyecare America also helps people who do not have an ophthamologist, do not belong to an HMO or do not have coverage through the Veterans Administration.

Sights for Students is a Vision Service Plan program that offers free eye exams and glasses for children that are uninsured and from low-income families. The program was founded in 1997 in an effort to help America's youth. More information about this program is available by calling 888-290-4964.

Medicare offers eye exam coverage to Medicare subscribers who have special eye problems or general health problems related to eye care. This includes people with diabetes who require a dilated eye exam to look for diabetic eye disease. People who have a high risk for glaucoma are eligible for a yearly eye exam to check for signs of glaucoma through Medicare. Medicare can be contacted for more information at 800-633-4227.

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