New Eyes for the Needy purchases prescription eyeglasses for people in need in the U.S. through a well-established voucher program. Eligible clients can apply for a voucher through a social service agency or a school nurse. Clients can present a New Eyes voucher to any participating local optical dispenser, who fits the client with the proper prescription eyeglasses. The dispenser then receives reimbursement directly from New Eyes.
New Eyes’ U.S. program is unique:
We help individuals nationwide, in urban, suburban and rural locations.
We work through established channels of social workers, school nurses and optical dispensers.
Social service agencies help New Eyes pre-screen applicants for financial need.
No corporate or organizational affiliation is required on the part of an individual, social service agency or optical dispenser in order to participate in New Eyes’ program.
In 2011-20112 in partnership with social service agencies and optical dispensers across the country, New Eyes helped 6,066 disadvantaged U.S. residents purchase the eyeglasses they needed but could not afford.
How to Apply for a Voucher
You must work through a social worker, case worker or agency to submit a Voucher Application. Applications must be submitted with a copy of a recent eye prescription (applicants must have had their eyes examined within the past 12 months).
Applications must be filled out completely, including monthly financial information. Agents must verify that the financial information provided is accurate. Applications must be signed by both the agent and applicant.
All applications will be reviewed. If an applicant is approved, the agency will receive a voucher on behalf of the client. It is the agent’s responsibility to get the voucher to the client.
Do not order your glasses until you receive the voucher.
Who is Eligible?
New Eyes for the Needy purchases new prescription eyeglasses for low-income individuals in the U.S. through a voucher program. To be eligible for our program, applicants must:
Be in financial need.
Have had a recent eye exam. New Eyes does not pay for eye exams. Click here if you need assistance in locating a source of free or low-cost eye exams
Have no other resources available to them to pay for glasses, including federal or state programs or assistance from local charitable organizations.
A New Eyes voucher typically covers only the cost of a basic pair of single or lined bifocal eyeglasses.