MAYFIELD, Ky., December 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In response to the catastrophic tornado outbreak that affected six Midwestern and Southern states, EyeCare Partners, the nation’s leading clinically integrated network of ophthalmology and optometry providers, is responding by restoring vision to people as quickly as possible with emergency services for trauma eye injuries and free replacement glasses and contacts.
“This is our community, and our thoughts and prayers are with our friends and neighbors who are beginning the recovery process,” said David Jacob, OD, EyeCare Partners optometry medical director for the state of Kentucky and past president of the Kentucky Optometric Association. “As caregivers, we want to be part of the healing process in a tangible way and are providing our expertise as well as free replacement glasses and contacts to community members and first responders.”
Why: EyeCare Partners’ 1,000 physicians and 7,000 clinical and support team members are integrally connected to the communities in which we live and work. Last week’s catastrophic storms left many without even basic health and personal care items, and EyeCare Partners is doing its part by contributing its expertise and resources to restore community vision as we work to reconstruction.
Which: Families, individuals and first responders in need of emergency eye care or replacement eyeglasses or contact lenses following the tragedy December 10 tornadoes that hit six states: Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.
What: EyeCare Partners sites located in affected areas of the Integrated Ophthalmology and Optometry Provider Network will provide emergency eye care and free replacement eyeglasses or up to six months of contact lenses to community members in as needed and to first responders.
EyeCare Partners will fill any vision prescription – it does not need to have been prescribed at an EyeCare Partners affiliated facility. If prescriptions are not readily available, EyeCare partners can match existing lenses or perform eye exams, as needed.
When: Effective immediately, community members affected by tornadoes and first responders can visit their local EyeCare Partners Network ophthalmologist or optometrist for emergency eye care or to receive free eyeglasses or contacts to replace those lost or destroyed by the historic storms of Friday, December 10.
Or: EyeCare Partners ophthalmology and optometry practices located in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee where communities were impacted by tornadoes from Friday, December 10 provide traumatic eye care and free glasses and contacts.
Following: EyeCare Partners has also pledged to donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross for tornado relief efforts to help rebuild affected communities in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.
“At EyeCare Partners, we believe we are better together, and never is that more important than in times of crisis,” said EyeCare Partners CEO. David Clark. “Our goal is to do what we can to help our communities as quickly as possible by contributing in multiple ways, including what we do best: providing clarity when it’s needed most.”
About EyeCare Partners
EyeCare Partners is the nation’s leading provider of clinically integrated eye care. Our national network of ophthalmologists and optometrists provide lifelong care to our patients with a mission to improve vision, advance eye care and improve lives. ECP’s physician network includes more than 300 ophthalmologists and 700 optometrists. Situated at St. Louis, Missouri, ECP-affiliated practices provide care in 18 states and 80 markets, offering services that span the eye care continuum. For more information, visit www.eyecare-partners.com.
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