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Southern College of Optometry introduced MobilEYES, its newly branded mobile eye exam unit with a dedication ceremony held at the college's midtown campus on Wednesday, September 16. The unit is new to SCO, having been officially acquired in late 2014 from S.A.V.E. (School Advocates for Vision and Education), and will be used to reach schoolchildren, seniors, the working uninsured and other members of the community without adequate access to vision care.
The unit, a customized recreational vehicle with two exam rooms and an optical dispensary, will continue to provide on-site vision care in conjunction with SCO’s clinical programs at Shelby County schools. SCO plans to continue the unit’s work and further increase the number of Shelby County residents benefitting from the mobile unit by expanding its reach through additional schools, public health fairs, senior centers and other programs.
“As an extension of The Eye Center in midtown Memphis, the MobilEYES unit is designed to take care to where patients need it,” said Dr. James E. Venable, vice president for clinical programs at the college. “MobileEYES will also visually assist our effort to remind the public about the importance of regular vision care, including those outside the nearly 50,000 patients who visit The Eye Center each year for their eye and vision health care needs.”
“SCO’s dynamic, expanding community outreach programs have enabled us to absorb the operation and expand its potential,” said Christine Weinreich, director of corporate and foundation relations at SCO. “We’ll initially bring the unit out three days per week, with the goal of expanding that throughout the year to serve a diverse community of people in need of vision care services.”
The transition, one supported by The Plough Foundation, will continue these much needed services to area children but also to the additional people who will be served by the increased capacity brought on by SCO’s amplified involvement.
For more information on MobilEYES or to inquire about bringing it to your site, contact Bailey Gurley, coordinator of Mobile Vision Care Services, at 901-722-3274 or [email protected]. For more information on SCO, please visit memphisvision.org.