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EyeCare America: Give the Gift of Sight in Virginia

aaoSome gifts can’t be wrapped. Give the gift of sight to your older loved ones here in Virginia by connecting them with eye exams at no out-of-pocket cost through EyeCare America.  Telling someone about EyeCare America may be the greatest gift you give!

EyeCare America is a public service program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is co-sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. with additional support provided by Alcon.

This year-round program is designed for seniors, age 65 and older, who have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years.

Seniors simply need to visit www.aao.org/eyecareamerica to see if they qualify.

Dr. SheppardEligible patients will be matched with a volunteer ophthalmologist in Virginia. Seniors receive a comprehensive medical eye examination and up to one year of care for any condition diagnosed during the initial visit, at no out of pocket cost.

There are 161 EyeCare America volunteer ophthalmologists in Virginia, including Dr. John Sheppard, President of Virginia Eye Consultants.  He has experienced firsthand how providing a simple, medical eye exam can preserve sight.

Program volunteers agree to waive Medicare or other insurance co-payments and unmet deductibles, resulting in no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. Seniors without insurance receive care at no charge. Here in Virginia, 15,023 people have been helped through EyeCare America.

Connecting friends and family members with an eye exam may be the most lasting gift you can give…the Gift of Sight!

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