SEE’s Santa Barbara Vision Care (SBVC) is a program dedicated to providing eyecare to individuals who may not otherwise have access to these services in our local community.
The services we provide at these locations include eyecare screenings, comprehensive eye exams, and prescription glasses at no cost to the patient. Any necessary follow-up care, including surgeries, is based on eligibility requirements.
By Appointment Only
By Appointment Only
Q: How can I get free eyeglasses from Santa Barbara Vision Care?
A: If you have a valid prescription less than two years old, call us at 805-963-3303 to see if you are eligible for a free glasses voucher.
Note that all voucher requests must be made by phone, our main office is closed to visitors and patients.
Q: Does Santa Barbara Vision Care treat children?
A: Yes, SBVC accepts all children aged 5 and older, regardless of insurance status.
SEE established the Santa Barbara Vision Care program in the mid-1980s. The need for free, comprehensive eyecare in our community was pressing then and has only increased with time. In addressing that need, we have provided essential eyecare services to over 75,000 members of our community.
Patients often find themselves having no choice but to deprioritize their own vision care. This is particularly true of individuals with inadequate or no access to healthcare services, forcing them to pick and choose what treatment they receive. SEE has responded to this increased need by seeking out opportunities to expand the range of care we provide, specifically to individuals we have not been able to help in the past.
SEE’s mission is predicated on caring for underserved and often uninsured individuals. Santa Barbara Vision Care primarily treats children and adults, many of whom do not qualify for federal or state funded programs such as Medicare, Medi-Cal or Healthy Families.
In 2021, our patients were: 86% Hispanic, 7% Caucasian, 1% Asian, 1% African American, 0.1% Native American and 4.9% other, while nearly 80% earned less than $30,000 per year.