Low-income children can typically get free eye exams and prescription glasses through government-subsidized health insurance programs, such as Medicaid, according to All About Vision. Adults may need to seek out a private charity that provides eye care, such as EyeCare America or VISION USA.
There are many private charities with varying requirements. Sight for Students is a charity that focuses on low-income children without insurance, notes All About Vision. New Eyes provides vouchers for free glasses, but the patient must have had a recent eye exam, according to the New Eyes website. Lions Club organizations also help low-income people find free or low-cost eye care, although services may vary depending on the local chapter's policies.
VISION USA is sponsored by the American Optometric Association, while EyeCare America is run by the Foundation of the American Academy of Opthalmology. Both programs have certain criteria that recipients must meet. If you do not qualify for those, contact your state's Commission for the Blind, as suggested by New Eyes. Many of these commissions have prevention programs in place, which may help you find free or low-cost eye care. Additionally, there may be other state agencies that can help depending on where you live. If you are still struggling to find eye care, you can contact New Eyes directly for assistance finding local care.