What is the Pokagon Fund Vision Program?

It is a program providing FREE eye exams and glasses to all children between 9 months and 12th grade and qualifying adults age 50 and older in Harbor Country (Michigan).


Who qualifies for the eye exams?

All children ages 9 months through 12th grade and adults age 50 and older who reside in the Harbor Country area with the following zip codes are eligible: 49115, 49116, 49117, 49125, 49128, 49129. 

Adults ONLY  need to meet certain income qualifications.


Are there any income restrictions?

Income does not matter when applying for children.
There are some income restrictions for adults.


Do you need to be a member of the Pokagon Tribe? No.


What is required for proof of residency
and how do  I submit it?

A copy of your Driver’s License, a utility bill, a tax bill or a copy of your lease are all acceptable documents for proof of residency. In addition,
you may be required to show the applicant’s birth certificate and/or
proof of guardianship. You may submit these documents in one of the following ways:

  • Give to a New Buffalo Lions Club Member

  • Mail to: PO Box 26, New Buffalo, MI 49117

  • Take to any Horizon Bank in New Buffalo or Three Oaks

  • Scan and email to us


What doctors are providing the exams?

Please review the Approved Providers list to the right.


My current eye doctor is not on this list.
Can I go to him/her?

Currently, these are the only providers that are approved
by this program.


What if I have Vision Insurance?

Your insurance benefits will be applied first. The applicant is still eligible as long as s/he meets the age, (income if age 50+) and geographic requirements. If you have a deductible that needs to be met first, the cost of the exam will be applied to your deductible AND we will pay for the exam so that there is no out-of-pocket cost to you.


What if we need transportation to/from the

providers office?

A member of the Lion’s Club will be more than happy to provide you with transportation if you need it. Once the applicant has been approved you can arrange transportation.


How do I apply?

You can apply right here on our website or obtain an application from any Horizon Bank in New Buffalo or Three Oaks or from a New Buffalo Lions Club Member. We can also mail one to you. Just call c.


How do I know if the applicant has been
approved or not?

In approx. 4-6 weeks your application, you will receive  a letter telling you if your child has been approved or not and why. If approved, the letter will contain an authorization code that will be used by the eye doctor to verify approval. If not approved you may reapply if/when you meet the criteria.


I know of a child and/or adult that would benefit from this program. How can they get referred?

Please refer them to this website, Horizon Bank, a New Buffalo Lions Club Member or have them call 269-405-LION for more info.

Vision Screening

for Harbor Country

Michigan Residents




Frequently Asked Questions

Midwest Eye Consultants
2317 Franklin Street
Michigan City, IN 46360


Meijer Optical

5150 Franklin St

Michigan City, IN 46360

219- 879-6082

Approved Providors