Eyeglasses Assistance

posted Sep 6, 2016, 7:28 AM by Mary Peck
Healthy eyes are something most people take for granted. But there are millions of elderly people in this country who have severe vision impairments. These impairments could be treated and corrected, but many of the elderly can’t afford the treatment they need. 

South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Aging Services, in cooperation with area optometrists, will be providing reduced cost eye exams and eyeglasses to elderly individuals in your area. 

In order to qualify, participants must be 60 years of age or older, and/or an ADvantage consumer, live in Beckham, Custer, Washita, Roger Mills, Kiowa, Greer, Harmon, or Jackson counties, meet certain income and resource guidelines. Elderly and/or disabled ADvantage applicants must not be case managed by any agency other than SWODA Aging Services Case Management. Applications can be made, from September 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017, by contacting Tangela Henry at 1-800-627-4882 extension 126. SWODA ADvantage consumers will need to contact their SWODA Aging Services Case Manager. 

Verification of income and resources will be required, such as tax records, bank statements or Social Security check stubs. All information will be held confidential. SWODA Aging Services would like to thank all optometrists who have agreed to participate in working together to find solutions to the problems and concerns of the aging and disabled. 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tangela Henry at SWODA Aging Services, P.O. Box 569, Burns Flat, OK 73624 or telephone 1-800-627- 4882 extension 126. 

SWODA is one of 11 Councils of Government in the state. SWODA’s region of service includes municipalities, counties and conservation districts in Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita counties. SWODA was created to strengthen the economic and social development of the region through various specialized services such as the following: 911 Administration, Aging Services, Community and Economic Development, Geographic Information Systems, Rural Fire Defense and Workforce Development. For more news articles specific for southwest Oklahoma, visit www.swoda.org.