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Eye Plus Partners with Salvation Army’s New Hope Centre To Provide Free Eye Exams in Nanaimo, BC

We’re excited to share that Eye Plus is featured in the latest release of NanaimoNewsNOW.

To help make health care services more accessible, Eye Plus is partnering with Salvation Army’s New Hope Centre in downtown Nanaimo, BC to provide eye exams and eyeglasses to those experiencing homeless or who are low-income free of charge.

Leah Howroyd, residential services manager at New Hope Centre, told NanaimoNewsNOW the event is in its third year and creates a bridge between low or no-income people and health care services which can be tough to access.

“We did have a fellow in our first year who did have glasses, but he wasn’t able to afford a new pair. He could hardly see anything and he’d just been so used to being that way but he came in, got a new pair of glasses and it was like a whole new world.”

As of Thursday, July 22, seven appointments remained for the event, being held between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 24.

Howroyd said anyone is welcome to book an exam which covers all the essentials of eye health and will ensure anyone who needs extra care receives it.

“If they are low income or they don’t have the means or resources to get their eyes checked they can do it here, there’s no requirement whether you’re low income or not. If you’re coming here, we assume you need the service.”

All eye exams were provided free of charge, and a big thank you goes out to Essilor Canada for generously providing new eyeglasses and lenses for everyone!

To book an eye exam appointment, you can call the Salvation Army at 250.754.2621.


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