Free glasses, contacts, eye-exams provided to Moore tornado victims

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 5/30/2013 9:25 pm Published: 5/30/2013 9:07 pm

The world around fifth-grader Lesly Cordell has been scary ever since the tornado ripped though Moore last week.
“It’s been difficult to read and I can’t really see letters or anything,” said Lesly.

Her  glasses are somewhere in the ruble of Briarwood Elementary. She was inside the building when the storm hit.

Her father, Julio, brought her to Graceway Baptist Church on Thursday to have her glasses replaced. Housed inside the church is now a temporary eye-care clinic.

In partnership with the Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians has created the Optometry Strong Tornado Relief Project.

A network of optometric providers from around Green Country will assist the storm victims by providing no-cost eye exams, glasses and contact lenses.

Dr. Vince Young is one of the optometrists from Oklahoma who as donated his time to help the relief effort. He says that the conditions aren’t like a typical eye-exam visit but it is meeting the need.

“Vision is so important, that basic sense helps them in recovery process to drive or to pick up,” said Young, “They can’t do that if they can’t see.”

The clinic will remain open until May 31.

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