Applications are available for the annual Visual Clinic now through 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Laughlin Memorial Hospital's main lobby at 1420 Tusculum Blvd.
The lobby is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Those desiring visual services must return the completed application and bring qualifying information to Laughlin Memorial Hospital's front lobby on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 8 to 11 a.m., to be considered for free visual care.
Priority for vision care will be given to those individuals who have not had an eye examination or received glasses within the last five or more years, although others in need should apply.
The next priority group will be within a four- year range, and, then, three years, until all available appointments are filled.
To receive vision care, individuals must provide verification of income by bringing the following items to Laughlin Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 30, along with their application: a 2011 W2 form, copy of the last check stub (work, Social Security, disability, etc.), or if no income, the person must bring a written statement from the person who provides housing and food, stating their support.
The program is available to those who qualify and meet guidelines established by the local committee and the State of Tennessee income guidelines for healthcare services.
This visual clinic is made possible by funds from the Blanche W. Grady Community Service Award Endowment, a fund within the Laughlin Health Care Foundation, and is in partnership with local eye physicians; the Greene County Health Department; and a variety of community volunteers.
Drs. Brad Emde and Shelly Shaw, East View Eye Care, co-chairs of the visual clinic, have contacted eye physicians in the community to participate in the clinic.
Emde and Shaw report that 100 percent of the eye professionals have agreed to assist with examinations.
Applications will not be available at the Greene County Health Department; they are available only at Laughlin Memorial Hospital.
For additional information about the visual clinic, please call Laughlin Health Care Foundation, 787.5117.
ABOUT DENTAL CLINIC
Additionally, the free dental clinic is now an ongoing event on select Fridays at the Greene County Health Department.
Contact the Health Department for more information about the dental clinic.
Dr. Craig Shepherd, Tusculum Dental Care, is the chair of the dental clinic.