Health Access Free Clinic in Clarksburg conducted free eye screenings Friday morning.
The screenings were given to patients with insurance that would not cover an eye exam. This is done through partnership with West Virginia University Eye Institute.
Some patients seen Friday had gone more than five years without having their eyes examined, while others had last had their eyes checked at the most recent free eye screening last year.
These screenings are important not just for the safety of those getting the exam, but for everyone, especially when it comes to getting behind the wheel.
“A lot of these patients will come in, and they’re driving to these appointments legally blind, and not able to drive, only because they need a pair of glasses or they’ve developed a cataract,” said Rebecca Coakley, Director of Outreach at WVU Eye Institute.
“First off, just the opportunity to find an underlying condition that the patient might not know about. So we’ve had some opportunities here where folks have come, and maybe a melanoma was discovered, maybe a cataract,” said Josh Brown, Practice Manager at Health Access Free Clinic.
The next screening in Clarksburg is scheduled for April 5, but WVU Eye Institute will also be conducting these screenings at other clinics around the state between now and then.