Westmoreland residents will get free eye care

ByMartha R. Camara

Sep 28, 2022

A great shape! Inc volunteer performs an eye exam on a child during one of her clinics.

THE great shape! The Inc iCare Clinic will provide eye care to residents of several Westmoreland communities from September 26-30.

The clinic will be held at the Triumphant Hope Apostolic Ministries Church in Belmont, Westmoreland, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30.

Made possible through a partnership with the Sandals Foundation, the clinic is supported by 25 physicians, eye care professionals and support staff from the United States and Canada. It will provide residents with free access to eye tests, eye surgery referrals, medications, free pairs of prescription, reading and sun glasses.

The clinic’s nurses will also perform screenings for hypertension and diabetes.

“We are delighted to be back serving the people of Jamaica. We look forward to hosting two weeks of life-changing eye clinics in Westmoreland now and St James later this year,” said Steven Stern, director of Great Shape!’s. iCare program.

The lenses and supplies used at the clinic were donated by Great Shape! Inc, Quest Vision Care Specialty Lab, Essilor Vision Foundation, Eye Love Cares Foundation, Americares, Hispaniola Cares, National Vision and Restoring Vision. Logistical support, accommodations, transportation and daily meals for volunteers are provided by the Sandals Foundation, through the Sandals South Coast and Sandals Montego Bay resorts.

“For years, annual dental and eye care programs have served as a key service to so many families across the island,” said Heidi Clarke, executive director of the Sandals Foundation. “The past two and a half years have demonstrated how important it is to take small steps every day to help us maintain healthy lives. We are so happy to have been able to take over Great Shape! Inc clinics and continue to help families on our island to return to normality.”

Great Fitness dental teams! Inc’s 1,000 Smiles program, meanwhile, continues to serve dozens of adults and children each day with clinics operating in the Negril, South Coast, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and St Mary areas.

Volunteer assignments are made possible through Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts who provide accommodations and the charitable arm, the Sandals Foundation, which directs logistics and offsets transportation costs, as well as food and beverages for the clinics.