“Supported by Newman’s Own Foundation, New Eyes has been able to purchase glasses for nearly 1,000 people since 2008, ” explained Susan M. Dyckman, executive director. “The Foundation continues to make it possible for children to get an education, for adults to seek and secure employment, and for seniors to live more independently – all thanks to the gift of sight. We are very grateful for this generous support.”
New Eyes purchases glasses through a voucher system that partners New Eyes with 4,000 eyeglass providers across the country. Applicants may apply for assistance through a social service agency or school nurse. Applicants generally have incomes at or below the federal poverty level and are uninsured or have insurance plans that do not pay for eyeglasses. Once an applicant is approved for assistance, he receives a voucher that can be redeemed by any eyeglass provider that is willing to accept New Eyes’ reimbursement rates. New Eyes reimburses the provider directly once the glasses are made.
For more information about New Eyes for the Needy’s program to provide prescription eyeglasses to indigent residents of the U.S., visit www.neweyesfortheneedy.org.
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Founded in 1932, New Eyes for the Needy works to improve the vision of the poor by purchasing new prescription eyeglasses for disadvantaged children and adults in the U.S. and recycling donated glasses for distribution to indigent people overseas.