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What is All Children See?

All Children See (ACS) was founded in 2020 to help ensure that all children can see. Many children in the U.S. have unmet eye care needs. ACS* matches eligible patients with ACS volunteer ophthalmologists who provide free eye exams and care to eligible uninsured or underinsured children who have failed a vision screening or have other concerning eye conditions.

*All Children See is a program of the Children’s Eye Foundation of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

Where does ACS currently provide services?

  • Washington, DC
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • New Hampshire
  • Indiana
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

ACS plans to expand one region at a time*. ACS also partners in each region with other organizations to help provide additional no-cost support and resources such as eyeglasses and patches.
*If an applicant does not reside in one of our service areas, please check back.

What are the qualifications to be eligible as an ACS patient?

All Children must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident under the age of 18
  • Be uninsured or financially unable to pay a co-pay
  • Have either failed a vision screening, was unable to complete the screening, or has an eye concern
If a child lives outside of ACS areas of service, or does not qualify for the ACS program but still requires care from an ophthalmologist, click here to find a doctor near you to receive eye care outside of ACS.
*Note: Only ACS eligible children receive free care through the ACS program

How does the program work?

  1. Concerned individuals visit allchildrensee.org/patient to fill out an application to see if a child is eligible.
  2. Eligible patients will be provided a list of volunteer ophthalmologists based on their zip code. The applicant will select one ophthalmologist to be matched with.
  3. After the applicant has selected an ophthalmologist, they will receive an email with a referral letter including the selected volunteer ophthalmologist's name, address, and phone number. The applicant should then call to schedule an appointment for the child.
  4. ACS volunteers also receive an email referral letter with the name of the eligible patient who will be calling soon to schedule their ACS appointment.

Important information about appointments

ACS is not an urgent care program. Appointments are scheduled according to each doctor’s availability. Participating ACS doctors are asked to prioritize ACS patients when possible. However, appointments will be scheduled at the next available appointment, which may be two or more months away. If the child needs care more urgently, it is advisable to speak with the child’s pediatrician or to consider seeking care at an urgent care center.

To see if a child is eligible, please visit www.allchildrensee.org/patient. Information on common eye conditions in children can be found here.

Questions? Email: ACS@aapos.org.