22.09.2011

Contact lenses given to Pennsylvania flood victims

Contact lenses given to Pennsylvania flood victims

By Alexa Kazcka

Victims of the recent floods in Pennsylvania, US, are to be provided with free materials in order to help them get back on their feet, including glasses and contact lenses.

The flood ruined the homes of many people and caused disruption to several people's lives, due to the items lost in the event.

As many of these are daily essentials such as clothing, food and vision correction products, a relief effort was launched to help get citizens' lives back on track, with the Northeastern Eye Institute one of the organisations pledging to help out.

It pledged to offer free refractions to anyone living in the affected areas, with replacement single vision or bifocal glasses or a two-month supply of daily disposable contact lenses offered.

Dr William Jordan, an ophthalmologist at the institute, said losing a home, clothes and possessions to flooding is devastating enough, but few appreciate what it is like to lose glasses or contact lenses as well.

"Our family grew up enjoying the shores of the Susquehanna and so we want to help as much as we can," he added. 

by Alexa Kaczka


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