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Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

Ballad Health Foundation to offer free vision care to qualifying community members

Ballad Health Foundation is partnering with local optometrists and opticians to provide free vision care – which includes glasses – to qualifying community members. Anyone interested in participating in the program has until October 10 to pick up an application at Laughlin Memorial Hospital’s main lobby or the Greene County Health Department.

All applications need to be turned in on October 11 at Laughlin’s main lobby between 8-11 a.m. 

Eye exams and glasses are free for those who qualify. Priority for vision care will be given to individuals who have not had an eye exam or received glasses within the last five or more years. The next priority group will be within a four-year range, and then, three years, until all available appointments are filled.

To apply, individuals must bring their application, along with the following documents on October 11:

  • A 2017 W2 form
  • Copy of the last check stub (work, social security, disability, veterans benefit, food stamps, SSI, or other income sources)
  • Or if no income, applicant must bring a written statement from the person who provides housing and food, stating their need

The vision clinic is made possible by the Blanche W. Grady Community Service Award, a fund within the Ballad Health Foundation, and supported by the Scott M. Niswonger family. The program is in partnership with local optometrists and opticians, the Greene County Health Department, Remote Area Medical, and a host of community volunteers.

For additional information about the clinic, call Ballad Health Foundation at 423-302-3131 or the Greene County Health Department at 423-798-1749.

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