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Pierremont Eye Institute offers free eye checks to students

Getting your child ready for the school year can be expensive. But one local business is trying to help, at least when it comes to their vision.

Getting your child ready for the school year can be expensive.

But one local business is trying to help, at least when it comes to your child's vision.

Pierremont Eye Institute is doing something they've never done before, giving students free eye exams.

"We feel that by providing this service at the beginning of the school year, it gives children the chance to perform all year," said Leigh Watley.

The appointment tests a child's vision and sees if they need glasses.

"We want them to start the school year on the right foot," said Watley.

A child will notice a change in their vision around 9-10 years of age.

Even then, some don't know that they'll need glasses.

That's why it's crucial for kids to get their eyes checked, especially when heading back to school.

"It's amazing how they can function for years and not realize what they've been missing out on," said Watley.

With two 5-year-old boys, Tiffanie Gray, wasn't taking any chances.

"They're in Kindergarten, they're going to be learning the basics and we don't want any issues or any reasons why they didn't get the fundamentals at the beginning," said Gray.

When she heard about the clinic, it was clear it would not only help her boys, but her wallet as well.

"With back to school uniforms, supplies, everything adds up," Gray said. "It's an excellent opportunity for moms like me, that are on a budget, that are living paycheck to paycheck, to meet the needs of our children."

"When they see well, they perform well," said Watley. "I think in order to achieve quality education, having good site is perfect match."

Officials say it's sometimes hard for parents to realize that their child is having problems with their site.

One thing to look for is if their child is squinting, or if they have to move closer to objects.

There is one free eye-clinic left.

It'll be held from 10-2 on Saturday, August 24th.

The clinic is for anyone ages 5-21.

More information is on their website: http://wkeyes.com



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