Attached is the picture from when Dr. Nadine Forche volunteered for the VSP Mobile Eye Clinic at Brumby Elementary School in Marietta, GA organized by the Georgia Optometric Association.
She and a few other eye doctors performed full eye examinations on elementary and middle school children. Plus, they supplied eyeglasses on-site on the same day for those in need. That means children were able to undergo their eye exam and within a few hours walk out with a new pair of eyeglasses. Dr Forche saw several children who could not even see the “big E”! Many children, including children at this school, had never had an eye examination in their lifetime, and they did not know what was considered “normal” vision. They didn’t realize everyone didn’t see the way they did. There were some huge smiles when they saw the 20/20 line for the first time!
We hope that our patients and others can take away from this small share how important eye exams can mean to a child who struggles at school purely from poor vision. Fortunately, programs that setup free vision clinics for low income families are able to bring some level of eye care to help grant them a chance to grow up and become successful with their vision clear.
Pictured from left to right is Nhung Brandenburg, O.D. (Past President of the Georgia Optometric Association), Mehrdad Saadat, O.D. (President of the Georgia Optometric Association) and Nadine Humen Forché, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O. (Chairperson Board of Trustees of the Georgia Optometric Association).