Question about funding of artificial eyes in the USA

Hello I will try to make this short. In 1997, our daughter was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma. (I had it in 1969 also) We fly out this Wed. to Boston to have her prosthetic eye made. We’ve managed to pay for our hotel and airfare. Even though there are ocularists in Georgia, they do not make custom eyes so I go to the best in our country. We had the money to pay for her eye, but had to pay that to the mortgage company. I’ve been out of work over a year now. We have about 1/2 the money we need to pay for her eye and will need food money also. Does anyone know of an organization that could help us financially with the remaining amount? By the time we get home, we’ll have to start calling the mortgage company again. Please pray for us.

Meghan Pearce <>


  1. Avatar for Becky D. Becky D. on November 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Yawkey Family Inn offers home to out-of-town patient families who need help with long-term accommodations. Their is a lot ofhelp in Boston. Try the Ronald Mcdonald foudation/charity. If you are are going to the Childrens Hospital call ahead and they will help you, even if your not going call them they alsways have resources or at least can give you numbers. MA is a small state and their is a lot of help here. I wish you luck in your journey.

  2. Avatar for Craig Luce Craig Luce on October 24, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I hope your experience went well in Boston, and that your daughter is comfortable with her prosthesis.
    I can only assume that your earlier information was regarding the COUNTRY of Georgia [ ], as there are, indeed, custom eyes being made in the state of Georgia, USA.

  3. Avatar for Peggy Harris Peggy Harris on June 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    my son is dealing with the same problem there insurances canceled on them so they need help for a prosthetic eye also. I have looked everywhere and am unable to find any help. They are good kids with two small boys they pay their bills and don’t know what they will do because they have used all their savings for hospital bills. So I am also interested if anyone knows of any organizations that help with kids getting eyes

  4. Avatar for cathy french cathy french on July 14, 2015 at 10:31 am

    i live in bethlehem pa. i need an artificial sclera shell. my ocularist has office, i can take the bus. i’m on disability and need help with funding the costs.

    in 2000 OVR helped with costs.

    Give me all the information,

    Cathy French

    Thank you.

  5. Avatar for Rob Rob on August 25, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Did you find assistance for prosthetic eye? I am researching this to see if I can help start an organization for people who need assistance no matter the cause. I lost my eye in 2014 and know how hard it is to make the purchase.

    • Avatar for Dee Dee on October 16, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      I also lost my eye and I to need help with the cost of the procedure. So I willing to help with this if it will provide all of us who really need this done, but can’t afford it. Forgive me my name is Dee and I am willing to help if I possibly can…

  6. Avatar for Sandra wills Sandra wills on May 12, 2017 at 11:41 am

    My son was accidently shot in the head at 12 years old and turned 13 when released from the hospital he lost all vision I was able to cash out all my retirement from my job and took him to eye therapy for a year that was not cover by insurance, he is 17 now and have vision in one eye however its like Swiss cheese how he states. He is amazing boy and has gone through so much he wants to be independent and wants to drive. Today we had a field test done and they stayed he will need telescope glasses to drive. Does anyone have any information on this, I have used up every savings I have, I’m raising my sister children and get no Assistance so my son doesn’t qualify for state insurance because they see my income as only for 2 since I don’t have custody of the other kids. I could really use any information anyone may have. My family is very blessed and I just want my son to be able to do everything he has dreamed of. Thank you

    • Avatar for Justin Maltry Justin Maltry on December 20, 2021 at 7:57 am

      Yes I am a dad and husband that doesn’t make a lot of money and am looking for help with getting a prosthetic eye please help thanks

  7. Avatar for Missy Missy on September 27, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Searching for financial assistance organization. My boyfriend needs a new prostethic eye but he is on social security and unable to afford getting one. Anyone found anything?

    Thanks, Missy

  8. Avatar for Kezia Dahl Kezia Dahl on April 27, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    This isn’t much, but there are a few possibilities listed on this page.

    • Avatar for Marie Dalton Marie Dalton on May 28, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      I am looking for any assistance that might be available to help my 36 year old grandson get a prosthetic eye….He lost his right eye at 9 years of age due to a BB gun accident..His mother never made any effort to get a prosthetic…he has never had insurance to help with the cost…
      Any help will be greatly appreciated….

  9. Avatar for JC JC on November 19, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I’m an adult female with a disfigured blind eye, can’t afford the eye shell. Mostly I deal with it, but also have times when I cry about my appearance. You want to look normal, and as a female, you want to feel pretty again.

    • Avatar for Crystal J Crystal J on July 20, 2022 at 12:55 pm

      Bless your heart JC…my situation is the same as yours and the psychological damage for me has been worse than the physical challenges. I get SSI & Medicaid but the cost of prosthetic eye or shield isn’t covered ( which I think is terrible) Most ppl on Medicaid don’t have $2500-$8000 just laying around to cover cost. Do u know of any programs to assist? Thx❤️

  10. Avatar for Edgar pineda Edgar pineda on December 28, 2020 at 9:40 am

    I’m on a depressed situation right now I’m a 31 years old male I lost my left eye when I was 6 when playing with other kids one of them poke muy eye with a metal wire by accident we were kids I tried to apply for help but it always been denied does someone knows where I can get help to get an artificial eye i can’t afford it And I need to get back on my feet I hope god puts someone that can help me blessings

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