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Need assistance purchasing eyeglasses?

The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation is governed by the Lions Clubs of Kentucky.  Many of these clubs offer assistance with purchasing glasses for those in need in their communities.  The Lions eyeglass program is not directly affiliated with the Foundation and the Foundation has no input into the various programs.  Several clubs in the Louisville area do offer assistance to those in need and have an application that must be completed for an individual to be considered.  

If you are a Jefferson County resident and are needing assistance to purchase a pair of prescription glasses please click on your zip code listed below to download the application for the Lions Club in your area.  The application will need to be printed and returned by mail to the address on the bottom of the application.  If you do not have access to a printer please call 502-583-0564 to request an application to be mailed directly to you.  

If you are not a Jefferson County resident you can click here to find the Lions Club in your area or you can call 502-583-0564 to find the best person to contact. 

The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation does not provide assistance for prescription eyeglasses.  Many Lions Clubs have eyeglass programs and KLEF only distributes the applications.  KLEF does not have the authority or ability to approve or expedite the application process.


The guidelines to qualify to be considered to receive assistance from the Lions Clubs vary among clubs, however the general guidelines are listed below:

  • Individual must be financially in need.

  • Individual must have no vision insurance or limited insurance coverage. 

  • An application must be completed and submitted to the local Lions Club.

  • Along with application the individual must provide verification of the need for glasses. Applicant must also provide documentation of monthly support.  Some examples include: income statement, food stamp letter, disability letter, paycheck stub, etc.  PLEASE DO NOT MAIL ORIGINALS.


When Lions Clubs receive an application the information is reviewed by Lions Club volunteers.  The applicant will be notified via phone or mail of the Club's decision.  The application process time frame varies greatly among clubs.  The average waiting time can be between 2 weeks and 6 months.  

How do I apply for eyeglass assistance in Jefferson County?

To apply for eyeglass assistance in Jefferson County area please click on your zip code below to download the appropriate application.

Resources for

legally blind &

low vision individuals

COMING SOON - Low Vision Clinic serving the Louisville Area

American Printing House for the Blind

1839 Frankfort Ave.

PO BOX 6085

Louisville, KY 40206-0085

Local Telephone: (502) 895-2405

Toll Free Telephone: (800) 223-1839



Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Inc.

1093 South Broadway, Ste 1230

Lexington, KY 40504

Local Telephone: (859) 259-1834



Radio Eye

1733 Russell Cave Road

Lexington, KY 40505

Local Telephone: (859) 422-6390



Kentucky Assistive Technology Service Network

Charles McDowell Center

8412 Westport Road

Louisville, KY 40242

Local Telephone: (502) 327-5287

Toll Free Telephone: (800) 327-5287



Kentucky Office for the Blind

209 St. Clair Street

P.O. Box 757

Frankfort, KY 40602-0757

Local Telephone: (502) 564-4754

Toll Free Telephone: (800) 321-6668

TDD/TTY Telephone: (502) 564-2929



Kentucky Office for the Blind: Independent Living Services

400 E. Main Street, Suite 302

Bowling Green, KY 42101

Local Telephone: (270) 746-7479

Toll Free Telephone: (800) 222-1215



Kentucky School for the Blind

1867 Frankfort Avenue

Louisville, KY 40206

Local Telephone: (502) 897-1583 243



Kentucky Talking Book Library

P.O. Box 537

300 Coffee Tree Road

Frankfort, KY 40602-0818

Local Telephone: (502) 564-8300

Toll Free Telephone: (800) 372-2968


Visually Impaired Preschool Services

1906 Goldsmith Lane

Louisville, KY 40218

Local Telephone: (502) 636-3207

Toll Free Telephone: (888) 636-8477

How do I apply for eyeglass assistance outside of Jefferson County?

If you are not a Jefferson County resident you can click here to find the Lions Club in your area or you can call 502-583-0564 to find the best person to contact. 

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