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Eye clinic at Oklahoma City church gives visitors free exams, glasses

Valley View Baptist Church and Feed The Children, a charity founded by an Oklahoman, hosted a free eye clinic Saturday in Oklahoma City.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Modified: January 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013

The promise of a free eye exam and a pair of prescription glasses made for a full parking lot Saturday at Valley View Baptist Church, 4300 SW 29.

Omar Osborne, 41, asked his boss for the day off and decided to give the free eye clinic a try.

He left with a pair of reading glasses, a pair of driving glasses, a Bible a volunteer had asked him to read from to test for nearsightedness and a note for his boss from Feed The Children volunteer and retired pediatrician Larry Biehler.

“I read about it in the paper and thought about it. I thought, it's on a Saturday, I should just go down there and see what they're doing. When I got here, I didn't have to wait that long. It was very convenient, and the people were very polite,” Osborne said.

Volunteers from Feed The Children conducted the eye exams and helped the clients find glasses from among a selection donated by the Lions Club.

“Thirty years of trial and error is to thank for our system,” said Tom Park, Feed The Children medical mission director.

Saturday's clinic was one of many that Feed The Children has conducted since its formation in 1979, Park said.

Volunteers have made their way across the United States and through 15 countries, working with churches such as Valley View to host the eye clinics.

“This is above and beyond what I expected,” Valley View pastor William Fuentes said. He said 187 people were helped during Saturday's clinic.

Osborne said his new glasses will help him be a safer driver.

“I'll be able to see signs better when I'm driving now,” Osborne said. He said he was grateful for the Bible that volunteer Laverne Shaw gave him.

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