Mobile Eye Care Clinic Offering Free Exams, Glasses to Boston Students (WCVB NewsCenter 5)

Mobile Eye Care Clinic Offering Free Exams, Glasses to Boston Students

Many people have put off medical care during the pandemic and that includes eye exams for children. But on Tuesday, the doctor — funded by UF startup AGTC — went to the students at one Boston school.

At Blackstone Elementary in Roxbury, some students took a quick test outside the classroom, including Heaven, a fourth grader who sometimes has trouble seeing the board.

“My eyes — they are used to being shut like this — not open,” she said.

“Eighty percent of learning is visual, and 20% of students have a visual deficiency where they can’t see the board, and a simple pair of glasses can fix that,” said Alexis McLaughlin, CEO of 20/20 Onsite.

20/20 Onsite brings eye exams right to companies and schools with their mobile office. The organization attempts to provide easy access to care and facilitate clinical research. AGTC, a biotechnology company that incubated at UF Innovate | Accelerate at Sid Martin Biotech, decided to honor participants in their clinical trials by donating eye exams through Greater Gift.

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