Medical students have launched a month-long donation campaign at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Kresge Eye Institute, Henry Ford Hospital and Detroit Medical Center to collect basic vision care supplies and monetary donations to benefit Sight Savers.
Sight Savers is a student-run mobile vision clinic that provides free eye exams, reading glasses, and vision education to patients at various clinics. Its primary location is at Cass Methodist Church in Detroit.
The campaign is organized and supported by third-year medical students Julia Yee and Kaitlin Ross. The Sight Savers coordinators for the year are Mahnoor Ayub, Varsha Kumar and Kaitlin Ziadeh.
A donation box titled Sight Savers is in the Scott Hall cafeteria until September 24. Monetary donations will be collected via Venmo at @Kaitlin-Ziadeh.
Donations needed include:
Adult glasses (new or slightly used)
Glasses cases (new or lightly used, minimal signs of wear)
Lens wipes (unused)
Lens cleaning spray
Solution for contact lenses (unopened, unused, unexpired)
Goggle straps/tethers such as Croakies
Lubricating eye drops (unopened, unused, unexpired)
“Patients at these different sites expressed a strong need for more options for reading glasses and distance vision glasses,” Ayub said. “Our patients also frequently request sunglasses for sun protection and items that can help care for their glasses, such as microfiber cloths for cleaning and lens cases. As a free clinic providing basic eye care to some of Detroit’s most vulnerable communities, we hope to proactively provide these resources to our patients to relieve some of the financial stress associated with accessing eye care. . We are grateful to have received a significant donation of spectacles from Scott Hall Facilities to the School of Medicine. We would really appreciate our student community helping us clean and organize these glasses so that we are better equipped to distribute them to our patients.
“We provide free eyeglasses and educate our community about eye disease prevention. At Sight Savers, student volunteers can expect to practice interview skills with patients and learn hands-on techniques such as measuring intraocular pressure with a Tonopen, examining the retina with a direct ophthalmoscope, and more,” Ayub added. “So far in the 2021-2022 year, we have had the privilege of serving over 100 patients between our Cass Methodist Church mobile clinics, the free Robert R. Frank Student Run clinic and the clinic Amigos Medicos from the Ford Resource Center. .”
Sight Savers does not provide eyewear prescriptions. Patients try on available reading glasses and undergo a visual acuity test.
The Student Organization will hold its “Clean and Organize” events every Tuesday and Thursday in September from 5-6 p.m. in the Scott Hall cafeteria. Registration emails will be sent to the student body. Volunteers are eligible for one hour of clinical service learning.
If these dates don’t work for some students or if you would like to donate via an alternate method, email [email protected]