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Doctors from US, Canada offer free eye care services in St Elizabeth

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

SINCE Monday, 46 eye care doctors and professionals as well as support staff from the United States and Canada have been in St Elizabeth offering free eye care services to residents at the Great Shape! Inc iCare Clinic.

The clinic, which is being held at the Cambridge United Church in Brompton from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm each day, is expected to continue until Friday.

A release from Sandals Foundation said yesterday that, through its partnership with Great Shape! Inc, residents from St Elizabeth and Westmoreland have access to free eye exams, eye surgery referrals and free pairs of prescription, reading and sun glasses.

Nurses at the clinic will also administer blood pressure and blood sugar screening, the release said. Additionally, for the first time this year, Sandals Foundation said residents will be able to have their glasses custom-made.

“I am thrilled that we have upgraded our equipment to make custom glasses on site for our patients; we will also be performing eye care screening in schools — transforming children's lives and the trajectory of their education,” Steven Stern, programme director for iCare, is quoted as saying.

The foundation said it, along with Sandals South Coast, has provided logistic support, accommodation, transportation, and meals each day, while glasses and supplies used at the clinic were donated through Great Shape! Inc, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity and Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center.

The iCare programme, according to the release, is operated by Great Shape! Inc, which has been impacting the lives of Jamaicans since 1988 with their humanitarian efforts including two other projects in Jamaica — 1000 Smiles and SuperKid — also in partnership with the Sandals Foundation.