Clinic Blog: 2012 Chicago Clinic Blog
April 30, 2012
Day Five - Friday
On Friday, day 5, we saw a total of 331 in the clinic. Fridays are typically a day that there are a lot of students are absent from school, so we had quite a few less than we expected.
Sharon was helping a kid choose frames for his new glasses. They talked about how he was a hockey player but is having trouble hitting the puck. After he was done choosing glasses he went back to Sharon and said that he thought once he received his glasses it would help him out with playing hockey!
Kendra was chatting with a child about whether or not they wear glasses. The child explained to Kendra that they did wear glasses, but they were the mother’s glasses. The kid said that luckily everyone in their family wore the same prescription. Since we know it’s very unlikely that they wear the same Rx, it felt good to be able to give this child their own glasses, with the correct Rx.
Gary was in frame selection helping a small child pick glasses. She was really struggling with the selection and couldn’t find the ‘perfect’ frames. Gary went in the back and went through the inventory until he found a pair of pink Vogue glasses. When the little girl saw the glasses she smiled and immediately said “I want those!” Gary shared how this girl reminded him of his daughter at that age and he knew exactly what she would like.
We had a young boy, Abe, in auto refraction who was about 9 years old. He was afraid of the machine, since he had just finished the puff test. We explained to him multiple times that this was a really easy test, there was no pain or puff of air….but he was still afraid to do the test. After a few minutes of talking to him about the test, his little brother came over to talk to him. The brother seemed to be about 7 years old. He told his brother not to worry that it was easy and then reached over and held his brother’s hand. It was the sweetest thing!
Mianna, 9 years old, came through clinic on Friday and received glasses. At auto refraction she was showing an Rx of -6.25 in one eye and -3.75 in the other. Mianna had never worn glasses. It will be such a huge, but good, change for her when she finally receives her glasses. I have a -2.50 and couldn’t imagine going a day without glasses.