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Lions Association for Sight & Hearing of Maryland, Inc. (LASH) LASH is the coordinator for the Lions Clubs in central Maryland - Baltimore City, Baltimore, Howard, Harford and Anne Arundel Counties that assists people who are in need of eye exams and glasses. For more information CLICK HERE  or call 410-836-6258. Where there is a club, the club reaches back to the individual. Where there isn't a club, LASH reaches out directly.

  New Eyes for the Needy purchases basic prescription glasses for people in financial need in the U.S. Telephone: (973) 376-4903. Website:
  Sight for Students a Vision Service Plan (VSP) program provides eye exams and glasses to children 18 years and younger whose families cannot afford vision care. Telephone: 1-888-290-4964. Website:
 Eye Exams and Surgery
  EyeCare America a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Provides comprehensive eye exams and care for up to one year, often at no out-of-pocket expense to eligible to those 65 and older through its seniors and Diabetes EyeCare Programs. Its Glaucoma EyeCare Program provides a glaucoma eye exam. The EyeCare America Children’s EyeCare Program educates parents and primary care providers about the importance of early childhood (newborn through 36 months of age) eye care. Telephone: (877) 887-6327, email: or visit the website:
  Mission Cataract USA coordinated by the Volunteer Eye Surgeons’ Association, is a program providing free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no other means to pay. Surgeries are scheduled annually on one day, usually in May. Telephone: 1-(559) 797-1629. Website:
  Operation Sight is the ASCRS Foundation’s U.S.- based charitable cataract surgery program. Its mission is to eliminate treatable cataract blindness in the United States. By leveraging the combined strength of established charitable organizations and ASCRS-member volunteer surgeons, Operation Sight is providing needed care to those unable to access or afford surgery. Website:
  InfantSEE is a public health program designed to ensure early detection of eye conditions in babies.  AOA Member optometrists provide a free comprehensive infant eye assessment to children younger than one year. Telephone: (888) 396-3937. Website:
  Vision USA Volunteers In Service In Our Nation is a program that provides basic eye health and vision services free of charge to low-income, uninsured Americans and their families. VISION USA is provided by participating AOA member optometrists who donate their services. CLICK HERE for application.
 Local Resources
 Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides comprehensive library services to the eligible print-disabled residents of the State of Maryland. Individuals who qualify for service include those with low vision, blindness, an inability to hold a book or turn pages due to physical limitations, and/or those who have organic dysfunctions that prevent them from accessing standard print. Click here to apply for free library services.
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