Finding a way to get and afford new eyeglasses can be a challenge. Here are some resources that may help.
The Lions Club
The Lions Club will sometimes help with the cost of prescription glasses. However, they cannot help you pay for an eye exam to get your prescription. You can contact them by filling out their form and giving it to your local Lions Club. Or call 1-888-885-4667. You will get a call back to see if you are eligible.
UVM Medical Center’s Health Assistance Program (HAP)
HAP’s Gift of Sight program partners with 802 EyeCare for a once-per-lifetime benefit. If insurance doesn’t pay for an eye exam and if you are eligible, HAP will pay for an eye exam and a basic pair of glasses. If you are eligible for Medicaid, you can get help from this program. Contact the HAP Resource Coordinator at 1-888-739-5183 or by e-mail at HealthAssistanceProgram@UVMHealth.org to see if you are eligible.
Shop for glasses online
Some Vermonters buy lower-cost glasses on their own through online companies. You can do this if you already have a prescription for lenses.
Low-cost options for $6.95, or $10 or $20.
Low-cost options starting under $10.
A little more expensive. Glasses cost around $100 on the low end.