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Free eye exams for 100

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – One hundred people are receiving free eye exams this week thanks to the Samaritan Clinic and VSP Vision.   The mobile vision bus is in Albany at Mt. Zion Church Thursday and Friday.    

It's offering free eye exams to 50-patients each day.   VSP says a recent study showed more than 70% of children under five have never had a comprehensive eye exam.   They say eye health is a large unmet public health care need, and eye exams often reveal other health problems.      

For Jeannette Terrell, it's blood pressure issues. Terrell said, "I think it's a very good thing.  A lot of people cannot afford vision care and they need to know, I suffer from high blood pressure and I need to know the pressure of my eyes.  My pressure is causing eye damage and I think it's a very good thing that's happening."

Samaritan Clinic Executive Director Nedra Fortson said, "It makes us feel really good.  I mean, we are really offering a real solution for the community.  There's a real need out here and that makes us feel like we're doing exactly what we were brought here or created to do."    

The exams at the mobile clinic were set up in advance.     Eye exams are also performed the fourth Saturday of every month at the Samaritan Clinic at 802 North Jefferson Street.

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