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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:
 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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