Last week when I was at my optometrist’s office for my annual eye exam, I had to yet again wince while the front desk ran my credit card for the charges. Although I’ve been lucky enough to be able to wear the same glasses for *cough* years, the eye exams in the Los Angeles area still run an average of $125-$200 dollars… a significant cost if you’re a family of four.
Fortunately, many optometry offices, schools, churches and other organizations have organized mobile vision clinics to help you get your kids’ eyes examined quickly, conveniently and inexpensively, as well as make sure that your kids have any glasses they need for school. In addition, many mobile vision clinics priotize taking care of underserved, low-income families, the uninsured, and non-English speakers.
One of the largest providers of mobile vision clinics in the United States is VSP Vision Care, the nation’s largest carrier of vision insurance which currently runs three mobile eyecare clinics, but in addition here are some others that we know of:
If you know of other mobile vision clinics, tell us about it!
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