Senior citizens that lack proper health insurance or that have a limited income can sign up for free eye care. The programs available to them will provide testing, prescription glasses, and address any other vision needs. The resource available is known as Senior EyeCare Program, and it helps older people that are over the age of 60.
Many senior citizens live on a fixed income. They often lack proper health insurance coverage and struggle to get the eye care they need. Even Medicare will not often help them. This program will provide free screenings for some of the conditions that are common in the elderly, including glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes, macular degeneration (AMD), and other diseases.
The cost of those vision tests can be prohibitive, especially when living on a pension or fixed income. Many of the private insurance companies, or government programs such as Medicare, either do not pay for exams or they only reimburse the senior for a small portion of the bill. Even fewer plans give them the prescription glasses they need. So the non-profit that operates the Seniors EyeCare Program is trying to address this need of the older population.
Not only will the assistance from the Senior EyeCare Program check for these diseases by offering free tests, but it will also provide ongoing medical care to help minimize the condition. The program will give them medications that may help. Or it can pay for any surgery that may be needed. Or if the remedy is better served by given correct lenses, then either free prescription glasses or contact lenses will be provided.
Any care given by an eye doctor (or ophthalmologist) is done so for free. Appointments are needed though from the senior citizen, and this is not a walk in type service. Instead the Senior EyeCare program may even refer the client to a local optometrist in their town or city that participates. Note that if the patient does have insurance (Medicare, HMO coverage, PPO, etc.) that covers some of this cost, they will be billed for that copay amount. So minimal costs may be incurred.
Ongoing care may be given as well to senior citizens with a disease. Generally they will be assisted for one to one year. So if there was a cataract removed, or if the individual has diabetes, ongoing check ups will be given. Doctors will make their offices available to perform this service. This will ensure the vision problem does not re-occur in the near future.
There are qualification required from senior citizens. They need to be legal residents or full United States Citizens. Also, age limits are in place. The focus is on applicants age 65 and older, but the Senior EyeCare Program may from time to time help those age 60 or over. The client can also be receiving support from an existing veteran HMP vision program, as they are already covered.
There are also income limits in place. Any households with a higher income, or those in which their health insurance will pay for it, will not be eligible for a test. In addition, the person can't have visited an eye doctor or ophthalmologist in the recent past. The program is intended to assist people that have gone without the proper eye tests or glasses.
Anyone over the age of 60, that needs either free or affordable eye exams, can dial the Senior EyeCare Program at 877-887-6327. The individual will be referred to a local center in their area for further testing or intake.
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