Helpful Resources for Glaucoma

Resources and information that provide products, services, and other support for people with glaucoma and their families.

On this page, you'll find:

  • Print and Audio Materials for the Visually Impaired
  • Professional Organizations with Eye Care Services
  • Financial Assistance
  • Federal Government Programs and Services
  • Prescription Assistance Program Information
  • Transportation
  • Resources and Referrals
  • Other Resources

Print and Audio Materials for the Visually Impaired

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. Offers hundreds of products designed for people of all ages who are blind and visually impaired.
www.aph.org
1-800-223-1839

Choice Magazine Listening. A talking magazine provided at no cost to visually impaired and physically disabled adults.
www.choicemagazinelistening.org
1-888-724-6423

International Association of Audio Information Services. A directory of radio reading services in the U.S., Canada, and several other countries.
www.iaais.org
1-800-280-5325

NFB-NEWSLINE®. Free nationwide telephone newspaper service for the blind and visually impaired. 
www.nfb.org/audio-newspaper-service
1-866-504-7300

That All May Read. A program of the National Library Service (NLS) of the Library of Congress. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, the NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States free of charge.
www.loc.gov/nls/index.html
(202) 707-5100

Professional Organizations with Eye Care Services

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Search for ophthalmologists by state and locality, and read information on eye health and other eye-related topics.
www.GetEyeSmart.org
(415) 561-8500

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Occupational therapists with certifications in low vision therapy are trained to help you customize treatment programs to improve your ability to perform daily activities and train you on adaptive equipment usage. Medicare may cover this type of service, but you’ll need a referral from your doctor.
www.aota.org
(301) 652-6611

American Optometric Association (AOA). Search for optometrists near you and access expert answers to questions about your eyes.
www.aoa.org
1-800-365-2219

Financial Assistance

BenefitsCheckUp. Service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) that helps people to understand benefits available from federal, state, and local programs. 
www.benefitscheckup.org
(571) 527-3900

EyeCare America. Service of AAO that provides eye exams and up to one year of care to U.S. citizens and legal residents through volunteer ophthalmologists, often at no out-of-pocket cost for those who qualify.
www.eyecareamerica.org
1-877-887-6327

Vision USA. Service of AOA that provides free basic eye health and vision care services to individuals who have no other means of obtaining care.
www.aoafoundation.org/vision-usa
1-800-766-4466

Federal Government Programs and Services    

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Provides the latest information and resources on government-sponsored health programs, including:

  • Medicare, which is a federal program that provides some coverage for people who meet certain qualifications. Services may include eye exams, eyeglasses, glaucoma screening, and vision rehabilitation services, among others. 
  • Medicaid programs, which are run by individual states. 

Social Security Administration (SSA), including financial assistance to those who are legally blind or who have vision problems that prevent them from employment. 

Veterans Benefit Programs, those who served in the armed services may qualify for certain Veterans Administration program benefits.

To find out what services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or Veterans programs, visit www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/government-benefits or call:
CMS at 1-800-633-4227
SSA at 1-800-772-1213
Veterans Benefits at 1-800-827-1000

National Eye Institute. Supports eye disease and vision research. Develops public and professional education programs to help prevent blindness, reduce visual impairment, and increase awareness of low vision services and devices. Part of the National Institutes of Health.
www.nei.nih.gov
(301) 496-5248

Prescription Assistance Program Information 

BrightFocus maintains lists of prescription assistance programs for patients in treatment for glaucoma. 
www.brightfocus.org/glaucomadrugassistance
Please call 1-800-437-2423 to order a print copy.

Transportation

Rides in Sight, a program of Independent Transportation Network® (ITN). National nonprofit transportation system for America’s aging population. Rides In Sight provides information about senior transportation options in local communities throughout the United States.
www.ridesinsight.org
1-855-607-4337

National Center on Senior Transportation. Offers transportation options for older adults to support their ability to live independently in their homes and communities throughout the United States.
www.seniortransportation.net
1-866-528-6278

Resources and Referrals

HomeMods.org. Information on modifying homes to make them safer for people at risk for falls and other injuries, geared toward individuals, families, service providers, and researchers.
www.homemods.org/resources/index.shtml
(213) 740-1364

Meals on Wheels Association of America. Provides information on local meal delivery and group meal locations for seniors.
www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org
1-888-998-6325

The Seeing Eye. Matches specially bred and trained guide dogs with the legally blind in the U.S. and Canada.
www.seeingeye.org
(973) 539-4425

Other Resources

VisionAware. Provides tip sheets on low vision topics, such as kitchen and bathroom safety, ways to make print more legible, and technology and low vision products. 
www.visionaware.org
1-800-232-5463

E.A.R.S. for EYES Program. Offers an online national directory of low vision support groups. 
www.earsforeyes.info
1-800-843-6816

Prevent Blindness America. Sponsors community services and public education about eye care, safety, and the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of eye diseases. Local chapters offer community services, including vision screenings and self-help groups for glaucoma patients.
www.preventblindness.org
1-800-331-2020

Disclaimer: The information provided is a public service of BrightFocus Foundation and is not intended to constitute medical advice. Please consult your physician for personalized medical advice; all medications and supplements should only be taken under medical supervision. BrightFocus Foundation does not endorse any medical product or therapy.

The organizations listed are not affiliated with BrightFocus Foundation. In addition, BrightFocus Foundation is not responsible for the content of these websites, and does not endorse any particular programs offered by these organizations.

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