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Kansas Deaf-Blind Resources > Local Health Departments

Agencies that provide health care services and referrals to the local/county/city communities.

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KDHE Health Directory

Medical Service Bureau

Refers Sedgwick county clients to local optometrists for low-cost eye exams after determining the co-pay amount for the client. Clients then pay the optometrist for the exam. If the optometrist writes a prescription for glasses, the Medical Service Bureau can provide a voucher for the glasses through one of the optical shops working with the agency. If a client already has a current prescription, vouchers are available for glasses. Children 18 years and younger and adults diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, or a medical eye condition can receive help with
an exam and glasses once a year. Otherwise, adults may have exams and/or glasses every 2 Years.

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Prevent Blindness

Prevent Blindness is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight for all ages. Prevent Blindness offers a wealth of educational materials including fact sheets, webpages, patient and professional training, and more. Parents and caregivers can access free, downloadable information, financial assistance resources, news, and events.

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See to Learn Program

See To Learn was developed by the Eye Care Council as a preventive program to help make sure every child’s early education is unaffected by vision problems. Through See To Learn, parents can schedule a FREE vision assessment for their 3-year-old child in a participating optometrist’s office.

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Salvation Army

Vision USA provides vouchers for free eye exams and materials through the Salvation Army for people who qualify at one of three Wichita locations.

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Sight for Students

Sight for Students is a Vision Service Plan (VSP) charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide eye care services. Sight for Students vouchers are available to school nurses who are members of the National Association of School Nurses.

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Vision USA

A program provided by doctors of optometry that provides basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to uninsured, low-income people and to families that do not qualify for government aid or private health care assistance.

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Kansas State School for the Blind

1100 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66102
(913) 305-3000

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