Bluffton-Jasper Volunteers in Medicine will host a ribbon-cutting to celebrate its new free vision screening program at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Ridgeland clinic, 11332 N. Jacob Smart Blvd.
The public is also invited to have a free vision screening beforehand, from 1 to 3 p.m., given by the Sun City Lions Club.
Dr. James Kondor, an optometrist on Hilton Head Island, worked with the Lions Clubs to get the money needed for ophthalmic equipment. Kondor, a Lions Club member himself, raised $18,300 for the clinic, $16,000 from the Lions Clubs and $2,300 in individual donations.
Many of BJVIM’s patients suffer from diabetes and are in need of eye care, according to a press release.
The clinic’s first day for appointments will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Ridgeland clinic. Initially, Kondor will spend one day a month volunteering at the clinic. The purpose for the eye clinic is to provide vision screenings, prescriptions for eyeglasses, diagnose eye diseases, and to treat some eye diseases and possibly to refer certain cases to specialists. Kondor said he hopes to recruit other eye specialists to help expand services.
The BJVIM provides free medical services to people who don’t have health insurance and live or work in Great Bluffton or Jasper County and qualify based on income.
Optometrists and other eye specialists who are interested in volunteering their time should call Pam Toney at 843-706-7090 ext 104.