'Eyes are the window to the soul': UAB School of Optometry offers free eye clinic

'Eyes are the window to the soul': UAB School of Optometry offers free eye clinic
UAB offers free eye clinic in Midfield. (Source: Shilo Groover/WBRC)
UAB offers free eye clinic in Midfield. (Source: Shilo Groover/WBRC)

MIDFIELD, AL (WBRC) - Being able to see is a gift, one that can be taken for granted, until something is wrong. If that happens, there are many people in Jefferson County who can't afford to get help.

That's why the UAB School of Optometry and the Jefferson County Department of Health teamed up to offer a free eye clinic. It's the fourth year for the Gift of Sight event, held Wednesday at the Western Health Center in Midfield.

"Many times eye conditions are silent. They don't tell us about them until we go taking a look when we do an eye exam. Glaucoma is a silent blinder. Cataracts create problems for folks, but the most common problem is just purely the need for glasses to be able to see," said Dr. Felton Perry, UAB Optometrist.

Perry has taken part in the event every year.

Glasses will be provided for free to patients who need them, thanks to donations from Vision Service Plan. Around 400 people are signed up for the event.

"Eyes are the window to the soul. Everything that we do these days - from eating and brushing our teeth, to computers - is based on our ability to see. It's how we find out what's in our environment, how we react to what's in our environment. It's how we find our mates, how we find our children. Those are so many of the things that we depend on for eyesight, so we call it the precious gift of sight because it is so essential to everything we do," said Perry.

Another clinic will be held Saturday at the UAB School of Optometry. Participants did have to register ahead of time. UAB operates subsidized clinics at Western Hills Center and several other locations around the county on a regular basis.

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