From October 2 through 6, Residents from Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth will have access to free eye care at the Great Shape! Inc. iCare Clinic.
The clinic, to be held at the Cambridge United Church in Brompton, St. Elizabeth from 9 am to 3:30 pm daily, is supported by 46eye-care doctors, eye-care professionals and support staff from the US and Canada.
Made possible through a partnership between Great Shape! Inc. and the Sandals Foundation, the clinic will offer residents access to free eye exams, eye surgery referrals and free pairs of prescription – reading and sunglasses.
Nurses at the clinic will also administer blood pressure and blood sugar screening. Additionally, for the first time this year Residents will be able to have their glasses custom-made.
“I am thrilled that we have upgraded our equipment to make custom glasses on site for our patients, we will also be performing eye care screening in schools – transforming children’s lives and the trajectory of their education,” says Steven Stern, Programme Director for iCare.
Glasses and supplies used at the clinic have been donated through Great Shape! Inc. Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH), and Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center (LERC). Logistic support, accommodation, transportation, and meals each day are provided by the Sandals Foundation and Sandals South Coast.
The iCare Programme is operated by Great Shape! Inc., which has impacted the lives of Jamaicans since 1988 with their humanitarian efforts including two other projects in Jamaica, 1000 Smiles and SuperKids, also in partnership with the Sandals Foundation.