EyeVan Keeps Rolling, Providing Eye Care to Underserved People
Pacific University optometry students continue to help provide eye care to the underserved, using the EyeVan and working in tandem with partners like OHSU’s Casey Eye Institute and the Oregon Lions Foundation.
The EyeVan was in Rockaway Beach in early April, offering exams, referrals and, through its partners, prescription eyeglasses to those who otherwise wouldn’t be served with expert care.
Last month, students in the Pacific College of Optometry teamed with the Casey Eye Van and One Community Health to offer the services to residents of The Dalles. Nearly 100 people received eye exams and other services.
“Many people in our community don’t have access to eye care, and we’re so happy that we can partner with Casey Eye Institute and Pacific University to provide this service,” Michele Guerrero, RN, enabling services manager at One Community Health told The Dalles Chronicle. “The staff worked hard to schedule patients, provide assistance and offer interpretation on the day of the event. We are so pleased that our patients were able to get glasses and referrals that will significantly improve their quality of life.”
The College of Optometry’s Community Outreach program offers screenings, referrals and education at preschools and elementary schools, migrant camps, health fairs, vineyards and other locations. The EyeVan has rolled out for Veterans Stand Downs, Project Homeless Connect, the Special Olympics, Celebrate Hillsboro and other special occasions where people can benefit from free eye care.