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Southern College of Optometry is partnering with Sight Savers America, a national nonprofit that coordinates free eye care for children, to donate electronic video magnifiers or other assistive technology to 14 Memphis-area children, ages 8-18, who are suffering from low vision.
The event is set to take place Thursday, August 2, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Southern College of Optometry, located at 1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104.
Low vision impairment cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgical treatment, making everyday tasks and schoolwork difficult for children struggling with low vision. The donated Onyx EVMs magnify images and objects up to 118 times. The equipment will dramatically improve the children’s quality of life and independence and empower them to read, write and even see people’s faces clearly.
During the clinic, doctors from the college and Sight Savers will individually train each child and their families to use the EVM. They will also provide extensive follow-up care and keep record of the child’s progress with their vision equipment until the child reaches the age of nineteen. All services will be provided at no cost to the families.
Because EVMs are expensive and are not covered by medical insurance, the donated EVMs were purchased through funding from The Helen and Jabie Hardin Charitable Trust, Southern College of Optometry, VFO™ and Belz Foundation.
Children receiving the EVMs were identified by low vision doctors from SCO and by teachers serving visually impaired students in Shelby and Fayette counties.
To learn more about Sight Savers America, visit sightsaversamerica.org.