Program offers free eye care.

Port St. Lucie – elderly people without health insurance do not have to go without their eyesight as well, thanks to doctors like Silviano Matamoros. Under the National Eye Care Project, Matamoros and other area doctors treat patients who either do not have insurance, or whose policies do not cover the procedures they need. Patients who qualify for the National eye Care project pay nothing out of their own pockets.

Dr. Silviano Matamoros in an examination room of his Port St. Lucie office. Under the National Eye Care Project, Matamoros and other area doctors treat patients who either do not have insurance, or whose policies do not cover the procedures they need. Patients who qualify for the National Eye Care Project pay nothing out of their own pockets.

“Most people have some form of insurance, but some people don’t have eye care coverage,” said Dr. Mark Michels, a West Palm Beach ophthalmologist who participates in the National Eye Care Project. “It’s a good service for the community,” said Michels, who also has an office in Port. St. Lucie. “We’re just triying to provide them with a service they would not otherwise receive”. The National Eye Care Project is sponsored by the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. To qualify for the program, a person must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and 65 years of age or older. They must be unable, for financial reasons, to get medical care from an ophthalmologists who has treated them in the past.

Every patient receives a comprehensive medical eye examination and treatment for whatever condition or disease is diagnosed. Participating ophthalmologists bill Medicare or Patients, other insurance and accept that as payment in full. For those without insurance, services are provided at no cost. Some services are not covered under the project, including eyeglasses, contact lenses and prescription drugs.

St Lucie News Tribune

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