The Friends for Sight Vision Clinic is located in the Glendale-Mountain View Community Learning Center, a Salt Lake City School District project. With a population of 93% economically disadvantaged in the area, the support that this clinic provides is a tremendous asset to this vibrant, diverse, and often under-served community.
Since the Friends for Sight Vision Clinic opened, Friends for Sight staff and volunteers have screened 10,109 people for Visual Acuity and Glaucoma with over 672 volunteer hours. Working with volunteer Optometrists and Ophthalmologists who provide free professional eye exams for those without resources for vision exams, three hundred students have been able to see an Eye Care Professional, many for the first time, and 240 students have received glasses for no cost. Eleven percent of the children seen for the past two years have been diagnosed with vision disorders that need advanced care: many children have been diagnosed with Amblyopia, three children have been diagnosed in need of muscle surgery and are receiving advanced care for preventable blindness. This is an incredible opportunity to be sure that people in the Glendale Community and surrounding areas are not only being screened, but also have an opportunity for eye exams, glasses and further care if needed. We know that vision care is a luxury for many in this area, and providing this level of support will prevent many cases of blindness.