Apply for Free Eye Exams and Glasses for Kids: Let’s Go See

Apply for Free Eye Exams and Glasses for Kids: Let's Go See

I clearly remember way back when I was in junior high how I first found out I needed glasses. I was sitting with my parents and little sister at a table in the Longhorn Cafe in our little town. I was looking across the room and trying to read the specials on the blackboard and couldn’t quite make them out, even if I squinted. My sister looked at me with a funny expression and said, “You can’t read that?!?”

Luckily, my parents realized right away that I had a vision problem and were able to take me for an eye exam to get my first pair of glasses. Unfortunately, not all kids have that same access to eye exams and glasses.

That’s where Let’s Go See comes in! Visionworks and Davis Vision are working together to give back to the community by donating 15,000 free eye examinations and pairs of glasses to kids in need. (Keep reading to see how you can request a free voucher.)

Just as important, the movement is raising awareness about the importance of getting an annual eye exam as part of their yearly health care routine. In today’s hectic world, it’s easy to forget about visits to the eye doctor even if you have the means to obtain one.


Signs of a Vision Problem and Statistics

Unfortunately, some parents don’t think about making an eye care appointment until their child starts having issues seeing the blackboard at school. Other signs include:

  • bumping into things
  • frequent headaches
  • holding books too close to the face
  • eye rubbing
  • sitting too close to the computer or television
  • squinting

The statistics are quite scary. Prevent Blindness America tells us that one out of every four school-aged children in the United States is dealing with some type of vision problem. When the problem is ignored, it typically affects the ability to learn.


Let’s Go See Vouchers and How to Use Them

Vouchers are available, which entitle a child to a no-cost comprehensive eye exam and a complete pair of glasses if needed. (Choose frames with a retail value of up to $69.95 and polycarbonate lenses.) If you don’t have vision insurance or Medicaid, aren’t signed up for ACA, and can’t afford an eye exam and glasses, it’s easy to apply for one of these free vouchers. You can even nominate a child in need, who isn’t part of your family, or apply if you know of a school or organization that has children who could benefit.

Once a voucher is approved, the applicant or nominator and the nominee each receives a confirmation e-mail. The actual voucher is sent via postal mail and must be presented at the time of the scheduled eye examination. Keep in mind, these vouchers do have an expiration date. That being said, it’s important to make an optometrist appointment as soon as possible.

Locating your neighborhood Visionworks (former Eye Care Centers of America, Inc.) office is as easy as visiting the official website and searching with your zip code.  Over 660 optical retail stores are conveniently spread across 42 states. Each one features a wide variety of frames, lenses, sunglasses, contact lenses and more.

If your child is experiencing difficulty with his or her vision they’re missing out on the beauty around them. Please take a few minutes to check out the Let’s Go See movement, to see if it could be beneficial to your family. You have nothing to lose and a possible free eye exam and pair of glasses to gain!

See how to apply for Free Eye Exams and Glasses for Kids in Need with the Let's Go See program from Visionworks!


  1. Catherine Sargent says:

    What a wonderful movement, this is so awesome. I will have to go and check out Visionworks they next time we need to go for our eye exams.

  2. This is such a wonderful thing! I already loved Visionworks, but now I love them even more!

  3. I think this is amazing. We so often think about food and the like for children in need, but what about their other health concerns? Families that can’t afford enough food probably can’t afford proper healthcare, either.

  4. Both my kids wear glasses and we need to bring them every year to the eye doctor for checkups to see if their vision has changed. Will look into these vouchers and Visionworks.

  5. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    This is so great. I know a lot of people can’t afford regular eye exams for their kids.

  6. It’s so great that they’re giving free exams. Vision can change over the span of a year so it’s good to head in for a checkup in case you need to make lens adjustments.

  7. This is such a great campaign! I recently found out both of my kids needed glasses for two totally different reasons!

  8. I have my children’s eyes checked at least every six months or every year. It’s really important for me to take care of their eyes and I make sure that they understand that too. This is awesome! It’s great that you’re also promoting eye care, because we only have 1 pair of eyes and we should learn how to take good care of it.

  9. This is so great! I love to hear that they’re giving back to kids in need. Especially as we head back to school.

  10. I am really glad to hear this. We go to Visionworks for all of our eye glasses. I am glad to support them.

  11. I think this is amazing. We are a family of eye-glass users, so I just wish there is something like this here.

  12. I’ve never heard of this program before. Some of our kids wear glasses and I think this would be good to check out. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Our Family World says:

    I can relate to this post. When my youngest son was in 10th grade, his grades plummeted and I was noticing he lacked interest in school. He was quite tall for his age so he always had to sit at the back of the classroom. We found out that he lost interest in class because he could not see. He wanted to sit up front but the teacher would not allow it. We took him for an eye exam and boom! Problem solved. I think taking kids to have an annual eye exam is important too.

  14. My daughter had a similar situation. She was a great student and in 3rd grade started getting bad grades. I had the teacher ask her to read the blackboard and voila! She had difficulties. We took her to the eye doctor and got glasses immediately. Long story short, she is in her Junior year of college with a FULL scholarship.

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