Health care nonprofit to provide free eye care today and tomorrow

Published: Tuesday, July 09, 2019 @ 3:15 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 13, 2019 @ 7:03 AM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had received 2,758 registrations for tornado damage assistance as of Thursday morning from a 10-county disaster area.

The damage Dayton tornadoes caught the attention of a health care nonprofit, Remote Area Medical, which is coming to offer eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, and limited general medical consultations today and tomorrow.

The nonprofit has made national headlines over the years for its pop-up medical clinics, which bring free medical care to the under-served and uninsured.

The Remote Area Medical clinic in Dayton will be at the Calumet Center, 580 Calumet Lane, Dayton, clinic doors will open at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Patients will be served for free on a first come, first served basis and no ID is required.

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A representative told us that there are several openings available for today and tomorrow.

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“The recent tornadoes in Dayton and surrounding communities caused extensive damage,” said Remote Area Medical CEO Jeff Eastman. “At RAM, we are committed to serving communities in need and we’re grateful to serve the Dayton area.”

Remote Area Medical has responded to other natural disasters in the last two years, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Michael.

In Dayton this weekend, Remote Area Medical vision professionals will provide eye exams and help by replacing lost or damaged eyeglasses. Additionally, medical professionals will be available to provide consultations and replace lost prescriptions.

RAM’s free clinics often draw long lines and large crowds. The nonprofit issued guidelines for the Dayton event, stating that no overnight parking or camping will be allowed at the site. The event organizers encouraged everyone that would like services “to arrive as early as they are able (5 a.m. or later) each day.”

RAM is still in need of additional vision and medical professionals to volunteer their time and skills in Dayton. For more information about volunteering at a RAM mobile medical clinic, go to ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.