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Mobile clinic offers free vision care for low-income residents

September 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hundreds of people got the opportunity to get their vision tested for free during the launch of a mobile eye clinic in El Monte.

For more than a decade, Carol Mixon of San Gabriel has been squinting to read tiny print, lately, she rarely reads.

"It's really hard to read the fine print," she said.

Ricardo Galvan of Alhambra has been living with blurry vision for even longer. Both are unemployed and uninsured.

VSP Vision Care is providing a state-of-the-art, fully equipped mobile eye clinic and free glasses.

Optometrist Ed Hernandez and his staff are donating their time. Hernandez is also a state senator, committed to increasing access to health care. He says vision screening is not just about the eyes. They can also check for things like glaucoma, diabetes, high-blood pressure. One of the first signs of type II diabetes is fluctuation in vision.

Hernandez is targeting low-income communities who need the services the most.

If you missed the mobile clinic on Tuesday, it heads to Azusa on Wednesday. The mobile clinic will be on Foothill Boulevard and Azusa Avenue in block 36 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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