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Metro children receive free eye exams, glasses

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Volunteer physicians and students from the University of Kansas City Medical Center provided elementary school-age children with free eye exams and glasses Saturday.

At Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care, ophthalmologists evaluated the children's vision with the assistance of University of Kansas medical students. Once they were examined, children selected the frames of their new eyeglasses (provided by a donor) and the glasses will be available to the children within a couple of weeks.

The event is designed to help children maintain an interest in and perform at their best in school.

"If you're not able to see the work the teachers are presenting, you're going to have less likelihood of succeeding in school," Dr. Lee, a clinical professor of family medicine, said in a news release. "Our goal is to help these kids succeed."

"We're in Wyandotte County so this is a way to provide care to people who can't otherwise afford it," Dr. John Sutphin said. "There's a wonderful sense of community amongst the medical students and it carries over to the faculty and the residents and now you can see also to our technicians."

The event also identifies children with eye conditions that require more advanced care.

The physicians and students saw about 100 children at Saturday's event.

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