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Apply for free eye exam and glasses through Prevent Blindness

You may be able to get a free eye exam and/or glasses through our partnership with Prevent Blindness (PB).

Who can apply?

You may be eligible if you have:

  • Family income at or under 200% of Federal Poverty Level guidelines.
  • No insurance (private or government program) that covers the eye exam and/or glasses.
  • Not received care through a VSP program during the last 12 months.

What will I get?

  • If you are approved, you will get a gift certificate for a free exam and/or glasses at a participating Vision Service Provider.
    Click here for details, including limits and a list of local providers who will accept the certificate.

How do I apply?

Follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the application
  2. Email the completed application to [email protected].
  3. We will submit it to Prevent Blindness.
  4. Prevent Blindness will let you know in 3 - 4 weeks if you are approved.

What if I have questions?

OHSU Casey Eye Institute Community Outreach
515 SW Campus Dr.
Portland, OR 97239
Review the information sheet for more information.

After you send in your application, you will receive a Gift Certificate that you can then use to make an appointment with a local eye doctor:  Look for one that carries brands like Marchon NYC, Lenton&Rusby and Altair.

When you’ve found your doctor, call them to make an appointment. Let them know you have a VSP Eyes of Hope gift certificate for an exam, lenses and frame. Bring the VSP certificate with you to the appointment.

What your certificate pays for:

  • Comprehensive eye exam.
  • Up to $150 of Marchon or Altair brand frame.
  • Polycarbonate lenses if you are under 19 years old.
  • ONLY Single vision or lined multifocal lenses.
    NO progressive lens, NO tinting, NO transitional lens

You may use 1 certificate every 12 months.

  • Use the certificate before the expiration date.
  • You must get your eye exam and eyewear from the same place.
The certificate will not cover or replace your glasses if they are lost, stolen or broken.

VSP Eyes of Hope
[email protected]