Helping Those in NeedMay 16, 2022
On Saturday, May 7th, Starling Ophthalmology worked with Vision Health International to organize a one-day clinic in Hartford giving eye exams and free prescription glasses to persons in need. Patients were notified through various agencies including Malta House, Hands on Hartford, and Journey Home, and included the homeless, the undocumented and the under-insured.
Starling Ophthalmology physician volunteers included Dr. Alan Stern, Dr. David Emmel, Dr. Edward Fitzpatrick, Dr. Christopher Russo, and Dr. Randy Robinson. The department also had staff members Laura Duquette, Emilia Filipowski, and Robin Budwitz donate their time and skills at the clinic.
Over 200 patients were seen , and over 150 prescription eyeglasses were ordered free of charge for the patients. Hands on Hartford, donated their staff and facility, and several community Ophthalmologists, technicians , and opticians also participated , as did UConn medical students in the Ophthalmology interest group, for a total of 30 volunteers. They were all grateful to help with a population that otherwise has little access to care. All the patients were very thankful for the opportunity, and we look forward to an even bigger event next year.
Vision Health International ( visionhealth.org ) is a non-profit whose mission is to bring high quality eye care to underserved communities around the world. Dr. Stern and his wife, Cyndi Billian Stern, have been active participants since 2000, and have been Board members and advisory committee members since 2006.