Free Eye Exam and Glasses Available for Fire Victims

Free eye exam and glasses available for Gatlinburg fire victimsUpdate: Due to inclement weather, the Lions Charity Vision Clinic for displaced fire victims scheduled for today (1.7.17) at Boyd’s Bears in Pigeon Forge has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the near future.

People displaced by the Sevier County wildfires at the end of November can get a free eye exam and free eyeglasses, thanks to Smoky Mountain Lions Charities.

The charities’ mobile vision lab will be set up on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the former Boyds Bear building in Pigeon Forge, which has been the distribution point for goods and services given out to fire victims. Fully trained eye care professionals will conduct eye tests between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. They will draw up new prescriptions and conduct thorough tests including for glaucoma. Eyeglasses based on the new prescriptions will be delivered to Boyds Bear about two weeks later, at times to be set up with patients on Jan. 7.

It will take an estimated 45 minutes to an hour for patients to undergo testing and to choose new frames. No reservations are required, but would be helpful. Please call Jim at 865-556-9091 for an appointment or more information.

The Boyds Bear building is at 146 Cates Road in Pigeon Forge. If heading toward Gatlinburg, turn left just before traffic light 10 at the sign that says Distribution Center. Boyds Bear is a big red building on the left side of the road.

The eye lab will be on the second floor of the building, which is accessible only by walking up a long flight of stairs.

“We’re extremely happy that Smoky Mountain Lions Charities is choosing to provide this service to victims of Sevier County’s fires,” said Mary Vance, executive director of Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, which provides medical and dental care to Sevier County residents who lack health insurance.