Students get eye exams on campus

By Ashley Ramirez


University of the Incarnate Word students can now add eye care to the list of health services the university is providing for them.

Lately, Rosenberg School of Optometry set up three cubicles with eye exam equipment in Marian Hall Ballroom.

The optometrist presiding over these exams is Dr. Elaine Vlasak. The examinations take about 30 minutes. The price is set at $15, which is below the usual price of eye exams across the city. Students don’t have to have insurance from the school to get this examination. All they have to do is bring the money and a student ID.

“We are doing these examinations because part of the mission of the school is community service and outreach so they are showing this by helping students with affordable eye care,” said Nathan McCarthy, a certified optometrist assistant.

Not only are the eye examinations at a low cost, the optometry school, 9725 Datapoint Drive, also provides contact lens examinations at 30 percent off the regular price for students, and contacts at 25 percent off the regular price. At that location students can also get a pair of glasses for $45 if they are single lenses.

Eye examinations may become a permanent fixture on the UIW campus. McCarthy also said the plan is to set up a recurring visit at least once a month on campus, especially for the students who cannot make it to the Datapoint location. Incarnate Word will try to bring back these examinations by the spring semester or summertime.

The first day the exams were offered, the participants came from near and far. Lamis Camarewtine from Lebanon was among them. Student Briana Barrett was another.

“I’m getting my eyes examined here on campus rather than someplace else because it’s really affordable and convenient,” Barrett said.


The next eye care clinic is Thursday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom.

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