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 Niqbal@opubco.com Modified: January 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013

“I went to the dollar store and got one of those Bibles with the big font,” Osborne said with a laugh. “Now I can read this one just fine.”

Biehler, 75, examined the eyes of patients with complicated vision problems.

He said he and his wife, Arlene, who also volunteered, identify with people who struggle to afford medical services.

“Arlene and I were raised poor. We had a roof over our head and food on the table, but basically that was it. There are a lot of people who can afford rent and food but not a $300 pair of glasses,” Biehler said.

Beihler said he has survived cancer, four bypass surgeries and a stroke that left him with little feeling in his right arm and leg, but will continue volunteering until he is no longer physically able.

“I'm blessed, with all those things going on, to still be doing what we're doing. I'll do it until the Lord calls me home,” Beihler said.

He said volunteering with free eye clinics overseas allowed him to see the benefits of the American health system.

“We are blessed here in the United States. We've seen people in foreign countries who are really poor, and they are grateful for anything you do for them,” Beihler said.

How to help

Fuentes said he is working on starting a free clinic at Valley View Baptist Church. With nurses and volunteers ready to assist, church leaders are looking for doctors and pharmacists who want to help, he said. For volunteer opportunities, call the church at 250-3847.

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