People released from incarceration face a number of challenges, including obtaining housing, employment, and how to obtain and fill necessary prescriptions. It’s not uncommon for those released from custody to be without the necessary eyewear for them to see, making even simple tasks like taking a bus to a probation appointment or buying groceries extremely difficult.
Thanks to the Free Eyeglasses program at Success Reentry, uninsured and under-insured people released from custody can obtain basic eyeglasses at no cost to them.
Through a partnership with New Eyes for the Needy, Success Reentry can now obtain vouchers for free prescription glasses on behalf of eligible members, ages 18 and older, who have no other resources with which to obtain a basic* pair of eyeglasses. (Special requests including upgrades such as tinted, progressive or Transition lenses are beyond the scope of New Eyes’ program.)
Membership is available for free to any adult who has been arrested or incarcerated and can be obtained online.
To be eligible for our program, applicants must:
1. Be a member of or receiving services from Success Reentry, Inc.
2. Have a household income at or below 200% of the U.S. Poverty guidelines.
3. Have had a recent eye exam with a pupillary distance measurement (or click here to learn how to measure pupillary distance). Neither Success Reentry or New Eyes pay for eye exams. You can locate free or low-cost eye exams.
4. Have no other resources available to them to pay for glasses, including federal or state programs or assistance from local charitable organizations.
How to Get Free Glasses
Step 1: Get an eye exam with a pupillary distance measurement.
Step 2: Have a pupillary distance measurement. If not included on the eyeglasses prescription, you may measure it yourself.
Step 3: Complete the online application. Don’t worry. It’s easy.
Step 4: Receive a voucher number from Success Reentry via e-mail.
Glasses cannot be ordered before receiving the voucher. Vouchers are good for three months from the date of issue. If the voucher is not used before the expiration date, you may not apply for another voucher for 12 months.
Step 5: 24-hours after receiving the voucher number (to ensure it’s been activated on the ordering site), go to NewEyeGlasses.org to order your glasses.
A. Select a frame collection (Men, Women, or Children)
B. Select the frame you would like.
C. Enter the Voucher Number you received and your First and Last name to start the order process.
D. Enter the address you want your glasses shipped to, along with the information on your eyeglass prescription.
Step 6: Your order is processed and the new glasses are shipped to you!
That’s all there is to it!