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EyeCare4Kids Arizona Mobile Clinic Gets a Face Lift

EyeCare4Kids Arizona Mobile Clinic Gets a Face Lift 

by | Feb 20, 2023 | News | 0 comments

The EyeCare4Kids Mobile Vision Clinic in Arizona recently underwent a facelift in preparation for multiple visits throughout 2023 to local schools, Native American reservations and rural communities. The mobile clinic, which includes a team of highly qualified and skilled medical professionals supported by volunteers, travels across the state to provide professional eye exams, vision screenings and free glasses to underserved children and families. 

The mobile clinic houses the necessary equipment and a selection of “kid- friendly” glasses, so everything is taken care of within the eye clinic on wheels.The first outing of the renewed Mobile Vision Clinic was to the Palomino Primary School in Phoenix on February 1st where 28 children in K-third grade were seen by volunteer optometrists, Dr. Ric Rios and Dr. Caroline Griego. 

The rainy morning couldn’t dampen the spirit of volunteers, Beth Lyons, (Southwest Airlines), Barbara Marsh-Wetherell, (Marsh-Wetherell, LLC), and Cecil Swyers, (CBD Tomey USA) who introduced the children to what an eye exam entailed and the use of the autorefractor. After vision screening was completed, the children selected glasses with the help of EC4K AZ staff member, Ashlee Chapman, LDO.  Additional assistance for this event was provided by Everybody Matters’ Ms. Millie Cotto.

Vision challenges can have a significant impact on a child’s performance in school. If students have a poor eyesight issue, they may struggle to concentrate on their academics, which can result in an inability to engage in classroom activities. These issues can range from mild to severe and can affect a child’s ability to see clearly, focus on tasks, and learn effectively. Early identification and treatment of minor vision problems can help to ensure children have the best possible visual acuity for success in school and life.

“Glasses have an immediate and positive impact on children with correctable vision problems, helping their performance in school, as well as increasing their confidence,” said Cecil Swyers, executive director of EyeCare4Kids Arizona. “We are here to support local school districts, school nurses, community groups, community clubs and philanthropic organizations who have a need for children’s eye care services, but may not have access to affordable options.”

EyeCare4Kids Arizona Mobile Clinic Gets a Face Lift

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