Hundreds of Uninsured Patients Get Glasses

About 1,600 low-income, uninsured Angelenos received free eye exams in October, and now their glasses are ready.

Hundreds of low-income, uninsured Angelenos will pick up prescription eyeglasses Sunday during the second wave of a free healthcare initiative that began in October.

About 1,600 patients received eye exams last month during a four-day free healthcare clinic at Los Angeles Sports Arena, said Alex Sigua of VSP Vision Care, one of the participating companies.

Those patients who could otherwise not afford the service will be picking up their new pairs of prescription shades tomorrow at the Optometric Center of Los Angeles at 3916 S. Broadway, Sigua said.

October’s event, which also featured dental and women’s health screenings, was the largest free healthcare event in the U.S. to date, Sigua said.

CareNOW LA, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) and Southern California College of Optometry sponsored the event.

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