Free eye care services will be offered to children in Perry County

ByMartha R. Camara

Jul 10, 2022

PERRY COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) – More than 100 children in Perry County will benefit this week from free dilated eye exams and needed eye care at a rural eye clinic.

The clinic will take place at Lycée Francis Marion on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The clinic is the result of a partnership between Sight Savers America, volunteering pediatric ophthalmologists and optometrists from UAB’s Department of Ophthalmology, and the Essilor Vision Foundation’s Changing Life Through the Lenses Program.

It has been an annual event since 2004. However, it has been suspended for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are thrilled to once again be able to offer this free service to children in Perry County after a two-year wait,” said Jeff Haddox, president and CEO of Sight Savers America. “Since there are no optometrists or ophthalmologists practicing in Perry County, this eye clinic is the only local eye care service for children in the area. Better vision makes all the difference in children’s lives.

Clinic organizers say the rural eye clinic is by appointment only for area children who have failed a local daycare or school-based vision screening.

Sight Savers America will return to Marion in August to deliver free glasses to children who receive a prescription at the clinic. Organizers said that for many of these children, it will be their first pair of glasses and will help them better prepare to succeed in school.

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