What if you need to get a new eye exam at a hospital but can’t afford to pay for it?
How do you pay for a new eyeglass or prescription lens without getting your eye checked?
Well, that’s what the Aurora Health Care Foundation (AHCF) is asking for with a crowdfunding campaign aimed at giving residents and tourists in the Greater Houston area the chance to get the same service at no cost.
The AHCF is launching a crowdfunding drive that aims to raise $20,000 to cover the cost of new eye exams for the Greater Harris County region.
AHCFs goal is to get 10,000 new eye examinations by November 5, 2020.
While the average cost of a new ophthalmologist’s office visit is $400,000, the AHCf hopes to raise funds to cover costs for eye exams at the nearest medical center, free eyeglasses, and a prescription lens.
The foundation says the new fund will allow people to get eye exams anywhere in the region for free.
“This is really about getting the services they need at a price that doesn’t impact their ability to make a living,” AHC Foundation Director of External Relations, Sarah Wintrich, told ABC News.
“The community needs this and the people who need it deserve this.”
The foundation’s fundraising drive is one of many that are trying to make the vision care experience affordable for people across the Houston area.
The campaign, called Get Your Eyes checked at a Hospitals, is set to go live by November 4, 2020, with an initial goal of $10,000.
Wintrich says the campaign will also provide the AHSF with funding to get eyes examined by a health care provider who can provide the service at a low cost.
“You need a doctor who’s qualified to look at your eyes, who’s going to give you the treatment that you need,” she said.
“We need eyes checked at hospitals that are accredited by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Hospitals like AHCs are not just eyes checking, they’re eyes seeing.
The community needs these services at a cost that doesn`t impact their abilities to make or keep a living.”
The fund is still open for people who have a qualifying condition that requires the appointment of a health provider, such as a diabetic eye, or those who have diabetes, but the AHCCF says the primary focus is on getting people eyes checked before they go to the doctor.
For those who don’t qualify, the foundation is offering the service free of charge through its website.
The fund will also continue to offer a free consultation, including the appointment with the health care professional, if they have one available.
For more information about the fund, go to aurorahealthcarefoundation.org