coordinated by the American Optometric Association (AOA), provides free eye care to uninsured, low-income workers and their families. Screening for the program takes place only during January of each year, with exams provided later in the year. Telephone: 1-800-766-4466. Dr. Rodriguez volunteers his services to participate in this program.
Lions Clubs International
provides financial assistance to individuals for eye care through local clubs. There are Lions Clubs in most localities, and services vary from club to club. Search internet or telephone book for the telephone number and address of your local club. The telephone number for the national office is (630) 571-5466. Dr. Rodriguez is a member of Lions Club International and volunteers his services for Lions programs.
Sight for Students
a Vision Service Plan (VSP) program in partnership with The Entertainment Industry Foundation, provides eye exams and glasses to children 18 years and younger whose families cannot afford vision care. Telephone: 1-888-290-4964. Website: http://www.sightforstudents.org/. Dr. Rodriguez is a VSP member.
a national program, dedicated to providing eye examinations to infants. It was launched in early June 2005. Early detection of eye conditions is the best way to ensure your child has healthy vision for successful development. This program was designed to make eye and vision care an integral part of infant wellness care and thus improve your child's quality of life. Dr. Rodriguez volunteers his services to participate in this program.
Seeing to Read Project
provides free eye care to members of this program affiliated with New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians and the LVA-NJ. Dr. Rodriguez volunteers his services for this program.
The NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI)
provides a wide range of services intended to save sight and restore vision whenever it is medically possible. Their Eye Health Services Unit is designed to assist you to obtain necessary medical services in order to save sight and restore vision whenever it is possible. They will send an Eye Health Nurse to your home to offer direct assistance by arranging for the following: eye examination and treatment, hospitalization for eye care, artificial eyes, post-operative glasses, and financial aid with surgery and eye care needs, when necessary. The Eye Health Nurse will provide instruction in the use of optical aids and special medical appliances. In addition, the Eye Health Nurse will train you in administering certain medications. To apply or refer someone for services call 877-685-8878, 973-648-3333 or your local CBVI office. Please be prepared to provide the following information: – Applicant's name and telephone number – Applicant's address, including county of residence and zip code. – Description of applicant's vision problem (optional) – Description of services needed (optional) – Name and address of eye doctor currently treating the vision problem. (optional) Dr. Rodriguez sees patients referred by the NJ CBVI
You may also contact a social worker at a community agency or local hospital. Social workers often are knowledgeable about available resources.