Lorain County Health & Dentistry now providing eye exams and glasses to the insured and uninsured: The Frugal Patient
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on November 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM, updated November 15, 2013 at 3:08 PM
And you don’t have to have insurance, live in Lorain County or be a Health & Dentistry patient to take advantage of the new services.
Fifty-six area Lions clubs raised about $257,000 for diagnostic and testing equipment for the 1,100-square-foot vision clinic, which is staffed by a full-time optometrist and optometric technician and open 40 hours a week. Patients who need surgical eye care will receive that from area ophthalmologists.
The public can tour the vision clinic and other areas of Lorain County Health & Dentistry’s newest location, 1205 Broadway Ave. in Lorain, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.
A 2011 survey found that 33 percent of the clinic’s patients had never been to an eye doctor, a big problem considering how many of them have diabetes, said Stephanie Wiersma, president and CEO of Lorain County Health & Dentistry.
“Diabetic patients are at risk for developing retinopathy and other diseases that can affect sight, Wiersma said. “I think the standard of care is that diabetic patients should get an eye exam at least annually and we struggled with helping our patients do that.”
Wiersma credits the Lions with changing that.
Lorain County Health & Dentistry, a federally funded clinic with three locations in Lorain and Elyria, also provides women’s and children’s health care, adult and family medicine, podiatry, asthma and allergy services and general dentistry. It will open another location next month in the Wilkes Villa public housing community in Elyria.
In addition to serving patients who have health coverage -- charging them on a sliding scale depending on income -- it accepts Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurance.
To schedule an appointment for an eye exam or other health services at Lorain County Health & Dentistry, call 440-240-1655. If you’re uninsured, you’ll be asked to meet first with a patient financial representative to determine how much of a discount you’re eligible for based on your income.
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