Freebie Friday: They eyes have it at the highly respected SUNY College of Optometry across the street from Bryant Park,, where FREE vision exams are offered monthly. The University Eye Center is the patient care arm of the college, and it is one of the largest eye-and-vision clinics in the country, examining around 70,000 patients annually.
Because it is a teaching facility affiliated with a major university, it uses the latest diagnostic tools and technology. Optometrists and other eye practitioners often refer patients here for specialized or advanced care or testing.
Also because it is a teaching facility, prices may be lower than at your regular provider, and most medical insurance is accepted.
The next free vision screening is Monday, May 9th, 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Here’s the calendar for the monthly schedule for 2016.
Note that days of the week and times of day vary:
- Wednesday, June 22 – 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
- July – NONE
- Tuesday, August 30 – 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
- Monday, September 12 – 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
- Tuesday, October 11 – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
- Wednesday, November 9 – 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
- December – NONE
The University Eye Center is at 33 West 42nd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
To schedule an appointment, either pre-register using the Online Appointment Form at the UEC website or call us at (888) 277-5666 or (212) 938-4001.
In addition to the free monthly vision exams, the facility offers services including –
- Adult and Pediatric Primary Care – Exams, glasses and contact lenses, including specialty contacts.
- Advanced Care –Specialized care for patients with cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and other ocular diseases.
- Rehabilitation – Individualized care for patients with visual disorders, low vision and head trauma.
- Diabetic Eye Care – Diagnosis and treatment to minimize loss of vision due to diabetic eye disease.
- Eyewear – A large selection of frames, designer eyewear and specialty lenses.
- Social Services – Support groups and other services designed to help patients live with vision impairment or traumatic brain injury.
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