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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - More people are putting their health on the back burner as they struggle to pay bills and put food on the table.

That's the case for a Sylvester woman who has a visual impairment and couldn't afford to update her glasses.

She found help right here on WALB News 10 when she saw a story about how the Lions Club works to help people with vision and hearing problems.

Teresa Smith probably wouldn't mind being called four-eyes. "I literally cannot see," she said. Not without her extra set of eyes, these thick lensed glasses. "If they break, I hyperventilate."

To see what Teresa's life would be like without those glasses, I asked her to take them off, and perform some normal tasks.

Opening a package and typing a letter were not easy accomplished.

"I cannot use the typewriter, and I cannot see that computer screen so, this is pretty much what my life would be like, if I didn't have my glasses on."

Everything is a blur. But unfortunately, these glasses are several years old and her Degenerative Myopic Atrophy is making her eyes weaker by the day.

Because the lenses are so thick, they are very expensive.

"I cannot afford to go buy a pair of eyeglasses. Plain and simple."

"We're doing good to just keep groceries and a roof over our head. There's just nothing left."

So when she saw a story on WALB about the Lions Club and their work to help the uninsured and underinsured pay for glasses, she contacted them for help. "The Lions Club is an absolute Godsend."

Tomorrow, she has an eye exam, and will get a new pair of glasses, in about two weeks.

The Samaritan Clinic, where those free eye exams are held, is booked solid for appointments. They now have a waiting list of patients who hope to get in.

More doctors are needed who are willing to volunteer their time and expertise to help those in need.

      • Click HERE to learn more about the Lions Club Vision Mission

 

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