Utah Refugees receive free eye care

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Doctors from the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center made sure that recent refugees have a clear vision of their new home.

Today, 170 adult refugees got free eye exams, glasses and even referrals for charity cataract surgery. Moran Eye Center Global Outreach Manager Margaret Rose says that access to health care can be daunting to refugees and while many have basic health coverage, most don’t have vision care insurance.

“For people to really learn a language and be employable and really just to enjoy a quality of life, it’s important to be able to see,” Rose told News4Utah.

Organizers say many former refugee camp residents have vision problems and are not aware that treatment is available.

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