Have any of you helped a student without insurance get prescription glasses? What programs have you used or found helpful?
Mar 1, '12
I've used the vouchers through the NASN that they offer with your membership..it is a good program. I have also used my local Lion's Club who has a program for kids who need glasses. This year my area had a local "round up" type event free to the public (qualify based on income) where any kid could get an eye exam and fitted for glasses. My school took a bus load of 12 kids and many of their parents accompanying them. 9 were glassed, 2 did not need glasses at this time, and one will be having surgery to correct a serious problem and after recovery from that she will be glassed.
Mar 2, '12
i got a student new specs through new eyes for the needy. Didn't cover an eye exam, but was a fast turn around in getting the voucher. also got a letter from a local pearle vision center with discounted prices on glasses for students and staff. Perhaps if you contact a local pearle they have a similar program.
Mar 2, '12
Thank you for the ideas!
I'm not an NASN member, but I've heard good things about that program.
I will check into new eyes for the needy and with my local Pearle Vision.
Mar 2, '12
The Salvation Army gets vouchers for free eye exam & glasses at Shopko here :-)
Mar 28, '12
Not free, but these sites may be an option for parents who don't have insurance but also don't qualify for income-based aid programs (online glasses purchased after obtaining prescription from license optometrist/ophthalmologist):
Discount Prescription Eyeglasses and Sunglasses - 39DollarGlasses.com
Discount Eyeglasses | prescription glasses, sunglasses at discounted price from Goggles4u
Zenni Optical - Eyeglasses, Prescription Glasses, Bifocal, Progressive Eyeglasses, Rimless Glasses
Optical4Less - $15.00 Quality Prescription Eyeglasses Online
(I know people who have successfully purchased from each of these sites, so while I can't vouch for them personally, they are known as legitimate eyewear providers.)
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