A Vancouver-based charity project is providing free vision care and checkups to residents of the Downtown Eastside this weekend.
Volunteer-led initiative The Eyeglasses Project is bringing together a team of local optometrists to provide free eye exams to more than 100 residents of the Downtown Eastside this Sunday.
The mission behind the initiative is to “make eyesight accessible,” by bringing resourceful people to help vulnerable communities get access to eye examinations and prescription eyeglasses that they may not otherwise have access to.
This weekend, six volunteer optometrists will be providing 100 to 125 residents with free eye exams and eyeglasses, with each optometrist seeing around 20 patients an hour.
The patients were selected by the Salvation Army — where the event will be taking place — after 125 residents of the Downtown Eastside in need of eye care were identified.
Residents have been registered for the clinic, and patients that attend will receive everything for free, from eye exams to eye glasses.
The Eyeglasses Project was initially founded with the goal to provide the marginalized who reside in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with a basic tool — eyeglasses — to help them live more productive lives, and this weekend’s event looks to carry this mission forward.
The Eyeglasses Project Free Eye Exams in the Downtown Eastside
When: Sunday, December 15
Where: Salvation Army – Anchor of Hope, 134 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Time: 1 to 5 pm