Free Vision Services And Eyeglasses At RAM Clinic In Chattanooga Sept. 18

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Remote Area Medical - RAM, a nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free, quality dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals—will be in Chattanooga this weekend to provide free vision care.

All RAM services are free and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. No ID is required to receive care. 

Services available at the clinic will include eye exams, glaucoma testing, eyeglass prescriptions and eyeglasses made on-site. 

The free clinic, in collaboration with The Lions Club and Hope for the Inner City, will be held at Hope for the Inner City, 1800 Roanoke Ave. Clinic doors open at 6 a.m.

“Being able to see shouldn’t be a luxury.
As a ministry serving a community where the poverty rate is over 30 percent and average income is under $14,000, medical assistance is vital,” said Anthony Watkins with Hope for the Inner City. “Glasses are expensive and we serve our community well by working with Remote Area Medical to bring this free vision clinic to our neighbors in need.”

The patient parking lot will open no earlier than 4 a.m. this Saturday, and remain open. As patients arrive at the parking lot, they will be provided with additional information regarding clinic opening processes and next steps. 

Patients should be prepared with their own food, water, medicines and clothing when arriving early. Bathrooms will be provided.

“Remote Area Medical is glad to be able to work with the local community to bring free vision services to those in need in the Chattanooga area,” said RAM CEO Jeff Eastman. “This has been a challenging time, and access to healthcare is more important than ever before. Thank you to all the volunteers and community members who are coming together to make this event possible.”

RAM encourages everyone who would like services to arrive as early as possible. In some situations, such as inclement weather, volunteer cancellations or other circumstances outside of RAM’s control, the parking lot may open earlier or a smaller number of patients served. 

Officials said, *Clinic closing time may vary based on each service area’s daily capacity. Please check RAM’s clinic FAQ page for more information. In response to COVID-19, RAM has developed and incorporated new disinfecting and safety processes. All patients will be required to wear a face covering and must undergo a COVID-19 screening before entering the clinic. Guests and family members of patients, including pets, will not be allowed to enter the building. New air flow, disinfecting processes, and capacity limitations have also been put in place to ensure the safety of patients, staff and volunteers."
 
Email RAM’s Volunteer Manager Mary Brown at marybrown@ramusa.org for more information about volunteering at this RAM pop-up vision clinic event. 

Since RAM’s founding in 1985, more than 863,000 individuals have received free services. To learn more about RAM or to donate, visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.

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