Westmoreland, St James residents get free eye tests


October 11, 2016

Residents of western Jamaica will be able to see a little clearer as the Sandals Foundation has collaborated with Great Shape iCARE to set up free eye care clinics in Westmoreland and St James.

The team will cater to residents in and around Savanna-la-Mar as they will be operating from the Open Bible Church in Westmoreland. They will also provide services to patients at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.

The iCARE team was scheduled to start providing services yesterday and will continue till Friday. The public will be able to access their services between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., except on Friday when they close at 1 p.m.

The initiative will see individuals benefiting from free eye exams, eye disease screening, eye surgery referrals, prescriptions, reading, and sun glasses, as well as blood pressure and blood sugar screening.

Having started the programme in 2009, iCARE Director of Programmes Steven Stern said more than 21,000 persons have received assistance.

Heidi Clarke, director of Programmes for the Sandals Foundation, said she is pleased to be able to assist persons in rural communities with free eye-care services.

Persons in St Mary will also be assisted through the programme that which will make a stop at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Port Maria, between October 17 and 21.

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