Free and Low Cost Vision Healthcare Providers in the Bay Area

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Community health centers, university clinics, or nonprofit foundations often provide free and low-cost vision services. Low-cost clinics usually operate on sliding scale fees.

A sliding scale means eye care services are priced depending on the person’s income. This is to make quality services more accessible to underserved communities or people who are struggling financially.

Nonprofit organizations and government agencies also have programs on a national level to provide people with free or low-cost eye care services.

These national programs often work on a volunteer basis. Doctors sign up as providers for these programs and operate in their local communities.

Free and Low-Cost Vision Clinics in the Bay Area 

San Francisco Lighthouse Eye Center

Address
1155 Market Street, Suite 1050
San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone Number
(510) 642-5726

Website
https://eyecare.berkeley.edu/

Services Offered

  • Eye exams
  • Contact lenses
  • Infant and toddler care
  • Specialty clinics
  • Emergencies
  • Refractive surgery
  • Specialty eyewear
  • Featured frames

Meredith W. Morgan University Eye Center

Address
200 Minor Addition
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2020

Phone Number
(510) 642-2020

Website
https://eyecare.berkeley.edu/

Services Offered 

  • Eye exams
  • Contact lenses
  • Infant and toddler care
  • Specialty clinics
  • Emergencies
  • Refractive surgery
  • Specialty eyewear
  • Featured frames

Tang Eye Center

Address
3rd Floor, University Health Services
Bancroft Way
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-4300

Phone Number
(510) 643-2020

Website
https://eyecare.berkeley.edu/

Services Offered 

  • Eye exams
  • Contact lenses
  • Infant and toddler care
  • Specialty clinics
  • Emergencies
  • Refractive surgery
  • Specialty eyewear
  • Featured frames

Mindful Eyes Foundation

Address
2339 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Phone Number
(510) 548-2570

Website
https://www.facebook.com/mindfuleyesfoundation

Services Offered 

  • Vision and eye care referrals
  • Prescription eyeglasses

Local Initiatives Providing Vision Care for Low-Income Families 

Vision To Learn

Website
https://visiontolearn.org/where-we-work/northern-california/

Address
12100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1275
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone number
(800) 485-9196

About
Vision To Learn is a school-based program. It gives students access to eye care, like vision screenings, eye exams, and frame selection.

It started as a single mobile clinic in Los Angeles in 2012. Since then, it operates in more than 145 school districts and 400 cities. It is the largest school-based program in the nation.

UC Berkeley School of Optometry Community Outreach

Website
https://optometry.berkeley.edu/academics/community-outreach/

Address
Alameda Health Systems – Highland Hospital
1411 E 31st St,
Oakland, CA 94602

California School for the Blind (CSB)
500 Walnut Ave
Fremont, CA 94536

La Clinica de la Raza Family Optical
3060-B East 9th Street
Located in the Fruitvale Station Shopping Center, next to Starbucks
Oakland, CA 94601

Community Colleges
SF Bay Area

About
Berkeley Optometry’s community outreach has programs in many locations, including the bay area. They aim to provide vision care services for people who lack health insurance, have disabilities, low income, or other restrictions. They also provide eye exams and materials at low cost for financially disadvantaged students.

Project Homeless Connect

Website
https://eyecarumba.com/pages/giving-back

Address
Four Embarcadero Center, LL3
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone number
(415) 772-8282

About
Project Homeless Connect started in 2004. It’s a program that collaborates with different businesses, agencies, and organizations to provide comprehensive eye services for homeless people.

The program serves more than 6,000 people every year. It gives people access to new prescription glasses and other eye care services.

Children's Vision First

Website
https://www.smc-connect.org/locations/children-s-vision-first

Address
1007 General Kennedy Avenue, Suite 210
San Francisco, CA 94129

Phone number
(415) 561-7794

About
Children’s Vision First is a program that offers free vision exams for children aged 5 to 18 years old and without vision insurance and Medi-Cal. 

The program helps a child see a neighborhood optometrist for an exam and glasses. The first pair of glasses they get is free, while the second pair will cost $35. The program also accepts students referred to by their school nurse, doctor, or social worker.

National Programs and Resources

EyeCare America
(877) 887-6327
https://www.aao.org/eyecare-america

New Eyes
549 Millburn Ave
Short Hills, NJ 07078
https://new-eyes.org/

Mission Cataract USA
Fresno, CA.
(559) 797-1629
https://missioncataractusa.org/

AGS Cares
655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
https://www.americanglaucomasociety.net/

Free White Cane Program
655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
https://nfb.org/programs-services/free-white-cane-program

InfantSEE
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
https://www.infantsee.org/

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
143 Rollins Ave #2046
Rockville, MD 20847
(301) 231-5944

My Retina Tracker Genetic Testing Program
(358) 40-2511-372
https://blueprintgenetics.com/my-retina-tracker-program/

Genentech Ophthalmology Access Solutions
(877) 436-3683
https://www.genentech-access.com/hcp/ophthalmology.html

Lions Clubs International
300 22nd Street
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
(630) 571-5466
http://www.lionsclubs.org/

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