They eyes have it at the highly respected SUNY College of Optometry across the street from Bryant Park, where FREE vision exams are offered one day each month.
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 for prescription glasses, contact lenses and other services may be lower than at your regular provider, and most medical insurance is accepted.
No appointment is necessary for the FREE vision screenings.
Days of the week and times of day vary, but all screenings are at the University Eye Center, 33 West 42nd St.
Here is FREE vision screening schedule for 2019.
January – Tuesday, January 30th, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, 7th floor
February – Tuesday, February 6th, 9:30am to 11:30am, 5th floor
March – Thursday, March 15th, 1pm to 3pm, 5th floor
April – Thursday, April 12th, 9:30am to 11:30am, 5th floor
May – Monday, May 7th, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, 6th floor
June – No appointments
July – No appointments
August – Monday, August 27th, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, 6th floor
September – Thursday, September 13th, 1pm to 3pm, 7th floor
October – Monday, October 15th, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, 6th floor
November – Thursday, November 8th, 2pm to 4pm, 7th flor
December – No appointments
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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