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Free eye exams and glasses at Seattle/King County Clinic – PUBLIC HEALTH INSIDER

Are you or someone you know struggling to get the vision care you need?

Eye exam at Seattle/King County Clinic. Photo by Auston James.

Seattle/King County Clinic returns to Seattle Center for seventh year October 20-23 with free eye exams and prescription glasses for those struggling to access or afford eye care. According to the Washington Healthcare Access Alliance, vision care is one of the most scarce health services in the state. Led by Seattle Center and Seattle Center Foundation, Seattle/King County Clinic brings together health care organizations, civic agencies, nonprofits, and private businesses to transform Seattle Center facilities into a vision care operation. We are proud to be part of it!

Free vision care

The Seattle/King County Clinic is open to everyone and is not limited to residents of Seattle or King County. However, tickets are limited and attendees are admitted for service on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizers open the facility and begin handing out free admission tickets to Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion (corner of 2n/a Ave. North & Thomas Street/Lenny Wilkens Way) daily from 6 a.m., with clinic doors opening at 7:30 a.m. Once the clinic is open, patients are escorted to the service facility and admitted by number ticket to be registered and benefit from free eye care.

If prescription glasses are ordered, they will be distributed in early December.

The Seattle/King County Clinic has been on hiatus during the pandemic. Back this year, the Clinic will only be able to offer vision care. Other medical and dental care will not be available at the clinic at this time.

What you need to know before you go

  • Face masks are required, although people should not attend if they feel sick
  • No ID or proof of immigration status is required
  • Free interpretation services are available
  • Free parking is available at the Mercer Street Parking Garage in Seattle Center (650 3rdAve. North)
  • Additional information is available at seattlecenter.org/patients

Volunteer Information

This clinic is made possible thanks to the dedication of several hundred volunteers. We always need volunteers to fill positions of:

  • Health Insurance Navigators
  • Interpreters (Amharic, ASL, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese)
  • Ophthalmology/optometry assistants/technicians
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Opticians
  • Optometrists
  • Social workers

For more information on volunteering: Volunteer Information – Seattle Center Foundation

Originally published October 12, 2022.