RAM and Hope for the inner city get help people see

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF)- “For a lot of them can I afford to go to an optometrist or do I eat? So I think about our community somethings are left out.”

Remote Area Medical in partnership with Hope For The Inner City set up a pop-up clinic in Chattanooga Saturday to provide free eye exams providing free vision care to those underserved and uninsured.

“It’s important that people take care of their eyes and I thought about kids for school. I mean if they can’t say they can’t read they can’t learn so being able to do a clinic like this it’s just amazing how we can serve our neighbors. Allowing them to see, learning and growing, it’s pretty amazing.”

He said the free clinic stopped at Hope for the Inner City because being able to see is a right, not a privilege and vision has a personal connection for him.

“Over a month ago I was blind in one eye. So vision has always been important to me. Doctors have been pretty persistent and ensuring and convinced me to go through a procedure and after 52 years I walked out being blind in my right eye and I can see 2050 vision.”

He said they started seeing patients at 6:00 am and people started early in the morning.

“I got here about 2:30 (A.M.) and there was 30 cars in the parking lot there were people on the line and I hear when are we starting, what do we need so you know instruction said to be given out but we’ve got everything figured out. We got them registered, we’re going to serve about 102 guests, 102 people in our community.”

RAM will be there again Sunday and at Camp Jordan on October 23rd and 24th.

Categories: Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Health, Local News