Free Vision Clinic
Luke 24:31 declares, “Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus.” In America, the richest country on earth, about sixty-one million adults are at high risk of serious vision loss due to diabetes, advanced age, or diagnosed eye problems, yet half do not receive recommended annual dilated eye exams, and one in 12 cannot even afford eyeglasses, according to a recent study in Archives of Ophthalmology.
One of the greatest gifts is eyesight, being able to see our loved ones, and see the beauty that God created. On December 15, Parkview Adventist Academy hosted the first ever Seventh-day Adventist-sponsored free Vision Clinic in Oklahoma. Students and volunteers provided eye exams and glasses to 191 community people.
Several pastors and Parkview Adventist Academy alumni were also on hand to share free literature, visit, and pray with patients after their eye exams were finished.
The clinic opened at 8:00 a.m. and the first person had been waiting since 4:00 a.m. for the doors to open. Having the opportunity to meet someone’s needs so explicitly and significantly, giving them a chance to see clearly, was an experience that few who participated will forget.
It is truly an honor to serve as the hands of God to our community and to help them see Jesus.
By Sarah Shepherd
Nearly 200 people received free eye exams and glasses at Parkview Adventist Academy.
Photos by James Bokovoy