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1-31 eye examsSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Dozens of community members lined up early Saturday morning outside of the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic for free eye exams.

The mobile Casey Eye Institute Clinic from OHSU partnered with the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic for the exams.

During the first half of the day, the clinic saw 40 people and had to turn some away. Organizers say they estimate more than 50,000 Oregonians need glasses.

“The medical exam, some of the diagnostic testing, the glass prescription and getting the reading glasses. They can all be expensive and I think that’s the reason why a lot of people don’t have access and don’t get that done otherwise,” said Dr. Mitchell Brinks, Casey Eye Institute Medical Director.

The clinic also provided prescriptions for glasses.

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