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FREE  OR LOW COST Help for eye CARE exams , glasses , low vision aids , braille books for children , camps for those with low vision or blind , specialty eye care , eye care for seniors , grants for children and adults  and more.





Free Braile Bible !









Free eye glasses nationwide !
















A program for those who can't afford eye care .

This is information from the site :

Chapters in North America: Unite For Sight's Community Fellows are trained to reduce barriers to care by serving as advocates for community members. Community Fellows educate community members about the importance of receiving regular eye exams to prevent blindness. They connect community members with resources so that they can receive a complete eye exam through professional organizations such as American Academy of Ophthalmology (EyeCare America) and American Optometric Association (VisionUSA). By connecting community members with available free care by eye care professionals, the Community Fellows are helping community members to eliminate preventable blindness. Community Fellows also learn about, understand, and advocate for Unite For Sight's mission to apply best practices in eye care, public health, and volunteerism to achieve our goal of high quality eye care for all.

To find out if there is a Unite for Site near you , click on the link below






A new vision care program started to build in our country ! Here is some information from the site , and then some links to where the first stations have already been established.


As many as 900 million children and adults in the world today are visually impaired due to refractive errors that could be corrected by prescription eye glasses. The World Health Organization estimates that 75% of the world’s blindness could be prevented or treated. Toward that goal, InFOCUS helps large, medically isolated populations acquire basic vision services and the capacity to link patients to professional care.
 For eye care programs that are available so far , please go to the link below :  THESE ARE ALL FOR TEXAS . HOPEFULLY IF ANY DENTAL PROFESSIONALS ACCESS THIS PAGE , YOU CAN START A PROGRAM IN YOUR AREA !





I just added a cool resource to my  Dumpster Diver /Frugal low income living page:  .

It is a site on the Net where you can get glasses for as little as $8.00 ! ! ! The most expensive pair that I saw was priced at $39.00 ! ! !  Check it out ! Now I might be able to get new glasses if I can pay for an exam . That would be cool.

$8.00 EYEGLASSES ! Really !



From the comments of customers for the glasses sites listed here , I have seen people praise the services and trash them too . It seems single vision lenses come out the best and the more complicated the prescription , the more glitches. Check the sites out and see if you want to take the risk .

MORE GLASSES FOR LESS : starting at $7.95 !






The Lions organization focuses on assistance and needs of the blind and low vision population. Here is their main page :



This organization helps with exams and other eye care , but check out the conditions listed on their site first to see if you qualify.


"VISION USA Open year-round

More than 40 million low-income, working people in the United States cannot afford the cost of routine eye care or the health insurance that covers it. As income earners, they don't qualify for government aid and private health-care assistance.

Now a year-round program, VISION USA can help these people by providing basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to the many uninsured low-income people and their families who have no other means of obtaining care."




This site has many links listed for financial assistance with eye exams , surgery , glasses , medications and more :





Here is another great page with many links to

assistance with eye challenges :





The Hadley School for the Blind (listed farther below) is supported by the Lions. Here is a the page from  the Lions site that tells about all the other services that they have :





"Founded in 1985, EyeCare America is a public service program of the

Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

 Our mission is to reduce avoidable blindness and severe visual impairment by raising awareness about eye disease and care, providing free eye health educational materials and facilitating access to medical eye care

Glaucoma EyeCare Program

The Glaucoma EyeCare Program promotes early detection and treatment of glaucoma by raising awareness of glaucoma risk factors (family history, race, age), and providing free glaucoma educational materials. The program also facilitates access to a glaucoma eye exam.

1-800-391-EYES (3937)



Diabetes Eyecare Program

The Diabetes EyeCare Program promotes annual, dilated eye exams for people with diabetes. This program raises awareness about diabetic eye disease, including diabetic retinopathy, provides free diabetic eye disease educational materials, and facilitates access to eye care.

1-800-272-EYES (3937)



AMD EyeCare Program

The AMD EyeCare Program promotes annual eye exams for people 65 and older, raises awareness of AMD, provides the latest information about treatment options and low vision services, offers free AMD educational materials, and facilitates access to eye care.

1-866-324-EYES (3937)



Children's EyeCare Program

The Children's EyeCare Program is designed to educate parents on how to recognize the symptoms of eye diseases and disorders in their children between newborn and 36 months of age. This program encourages parents who think their child has a vision or eye problem to have their child's eyes examined by their pediatrician, family physician or, if necessary, by an ophthalmologist.

This line operates 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific), Monday through Friday.






"The Seniors EyeCare Program (SEP) helps to ensure that all eligible seniors have access to medical eye care and promotes annual, dilated eye exams. SEP raises awareness about age-related eye disease, including cataracts, provides free eye care educational materials and facilitates access to eye care. 

People eligible for a referral through the program receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of care—at no out-of-pocket cost—for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Volunteer ophthalmologists accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full.

The Seniors EyeCare Program is designed for people who:

Are US citizens or legal residents
Are age 65 and older
Have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years
Do not belong to an HMO or the VA
To determine if you, a family member or friend qualify for a SEP referral call 800.222.EYES (3937) toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year."






Hadley School for the Blind

The Hadley School for the Blind is an accredited international learning center that provides free distance education for:

"blind adults, 14 years of age or older;
families of blind or visually impaired persons;
professionals working in the blindness field.

Hadley offers more than 90 teacher-guided distance education courses including Braille, independent living, pre-algebra, business law, world history, and conversational French.

Students receive educational materials through the mail or access materials online. Students can contact instructors through a toll-free telephone number or through E-mail. "








"In 1997 the AAF started this program to provide blind children a free Braille book every month from a popular children’s reading series. The books are for the children to keep and collect for as long as they want them. The titles published every month are the same titles that are available in bookstores and public libraries everywhere. In the past nine years over one hundred fifty titles from popular children’s reading series were distributed to thousands of blind children. "








Braille Books for Children
P.O. Box 51924
Livonia, MI 48151-5924
Telephone: (734) 427-8552 or (800) 777-8552
Web site:

More than 650 titles available at reasonable prices for braille readers ages 0-14. Choose from print and braille pre-school picture board books, beginning reader print and braille books, and braille-only chapter books through middle school reading level on many different topics including a variety of books in uncontracted braille. Seedlings also offers "The Rose Project," providing free World Book Encyclopedia articles in braille.



The Braille Institute of America, Inc.
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Telephone: (323) 663-1111 or (800) 272-4553
Web site:

Publishes Expectations, a free braille volume containing stories for elementary school age children, plus some scratch-and-sniff pages. The book is sent out once a year around Christmastime. A summertime volume, Brailleways, is also available. Write to the Braille Institute of America to get on the mailing list. Other print-braille and braille children’s books are available.



 The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
18440 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356

Maintains a lending library of print/braille books as well as braille books for K–1 up to 12th grade reading and interest level. Books are mailed to the child’s home and also to schools. Contact the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in writing for an application. Offer a free braille calendar, as well as a weekly newspaper for deafblind individuals. All services are free.










For even more free braille publications for children , click here :








InfantSEE® is a public health program designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, which will be available in Summer 2005, our member optometrists will provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment within the first year of life as a no cost public health service

To find a doctor , click on physician locator at the top of this page:




Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, a nonprofit volunteer organization, is the nation's educational library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia, or other physical disability.
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
National Headquarters
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540





Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc. is a non-profit organization

(California tax-exempt number LA-EO-65-983) devoted to providing braille and large-print Bibles and Christian reading materials to the blind and visually impaired of the world. These materials are sent FREE OF CHARGE to over 125 countries, and published in forty languages. This is made possible through generous free-will offerings and the aid of over 7,000 volunteers. Please use our menu to learn more about the history and ministry of LBW.

Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.
13471 California St. / P.O. Box 5000
Yucaipa, CA 92399 U.S.A.
PHONE: (909) 795-8977 FAX: (909) 795-8970

Click here to send e-mail to LBW.

Click here to place an order 



  The JBI Library provides the visually impaired, blind, physically handicapped and reading disabled of all backgrounds and ages with books, magazines and cultural programs in Audio (in 7 languages), in Large Print and in Braille. Its unique programs enrich the lives of 35,000 individuals around the world.

    The JBI Library provides its readers with a collection ranging from mystery novels to cookbooks to timely topics such as the production of biological weapons. It also offers a broad spectrum of fiction, biography, history, Holocaust studies, short stories, psychology and self-help, memoirs, humor and more. The JBI Library contains the largest collection of Jewish interest books (very broadly defined) for the blind and visually impaired in the world and is the only resource of its kind.

    The JBI Library is an Affiliated Library of the Library of Congress and all of its services and materials are free of charge to those eligible.


110 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: 212-889-2525
Fax: 212-689-3692
Toll Free: 1-800-433-1531

Executive Staff: Dr. Ellen Isler, President & CEO
Israel A. Taub, Vice President & CFO

Email Addresses:
For General Information, email:

For Library Information, email: Pearl Lam





That All May Read . . .

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.




Here is another book reading service to try :

" dramatically increases access to books for the community of visually impaired

and otherwise print disabled individuals. This online community enables book scans to be shared, thereby leveraging the collections of thousands of individuals who regularly scan books, eliminating significant duplication of effort. takes advantage of a special exemption in the U.S. copyright law that permits the reproduction of publications into specialized formats for the disabled.

People who are blind or have severe visual impairments that prevent them from reading ordinary newspaper print, people with learning disabilities such as dyslexia which interfere with the ability to read print material, and people with mobility limitations that interfere with holding or turning the pages of a book may join BookShare.




The National Eye Institute has a free kids activity book called 'See All You Can See'. The book is aimed at kids aged 6-8









American Council of the Blind

Student must be legally blind and a U.S. citizen or resident alien. Approximately twelve scholarships are awarded per year ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 each.
Deadline: March 1 








American Foundation for the Blind, Inc.

Type in the word "scholarship" in the search engine at the site link below , to discover numerous funding opportunities, including:

  • Delta Gamma Foundation Florence Margaret Harvey Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 to a legally blind junior, senior, or graduate student studying rehabilitation and/or education.
  • Ferdinand Torres AFB Scholarship: $1,000 to a full-time post-secondary student who is legally blind and presents evidence of economic need; the applicant must reside in the United States, but need not be a citizen.
  • Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 to a woman who is legally blind and studying classical or religious music.
  • The Helen Keller Fund provides financial support through grants of $1,000 to $3,000 to help students who are deaf-blind with his/her reading, tutoring, or equipment acquisition expenses. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • The Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship is an award of $500 awarded to a full-time graduate student who is legally blind and who presents evidence of economic need. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Paul W. Ruckes Scholarship: $2,500 to an undergraduate or graduate student who is blind or visually impaired pursuing a degree in engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences.
  • R.L. Gillette Scholarship: $1,000 to women who are legally blind and enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program in literature or music.

  • Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship:
  •  $2,500 to undergraduate or graduate students who are legally blind and studying rehabilitation and/or education of people who are blind or visually impaired. 





    Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
    William & Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship

    The Ferrell Scholarship, of $500, is awarded to two selected applicants who are legally blind and are studying for a career in the field of services to persons who are blind or visually impaired. Applicants for the Ferrell Scholarship must be legally blind. The definition of legal blindness is a visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the best corrected eye and/or a visual field of 20 degrees or less.
    Applicants for the scholarships must be studying at the post-secondary level for a career in the field of services to persons who are blind or visually impaired. Applications must be received in the AER central office by April 15 of even numbered years (i.e., 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 etc.). Scholarships are awarded in conjunction with AER’s biennial international conference, which is held during the summer of the even numbered years.



    Association of Blind Citizens

    The Association of Blind Citizens will offer ten thousand dollars in college scholarships to legally blind individuals seeking a college degree. The Reggie Johnson Memorial Scholarship will be valued at $2000 and seven $1000 scholarships will also be available. The scholarships will be offered for the 2007/2008 school year. The scholarship may be applied to tuition, living expenses or related expenses resulting from blindness.



    Association of Blind Citizens
    Assistive Technology Fund

    The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. The ABC board of directors believes that this program will allow blind and visually impaired individuals access to technology products that will have a significant impact on improving employment opportunities, increase the level of independence and enhance their overall quality of life.




    Are you looking for a Bible that is for the blind or print disabled ? Here is the place ,and they are FREE !



















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