Dr. Peter Candela, who was named the 2008 South Carolina Optometrist of the Year, was instrumental in the startup and implementation of the South Carolina Eye Care Initiative, a program established to provide quality vision care to low income, uninsured working adults 18 years old and older in South Carolina.
With the help of Dr. Candela, the United Way of the Midlands Health Council and Robertson Optical have partnered with the SCOPA to begin the South Carolina Eye Care Initiative. Volunteer optometrists from the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association perform complete eye exams and, if necessary, offer eyeglasses with single vision or bifocal lenses all for a fee of only $35.00.
The program continues to grow, serving residents in: Orangeburg, Calhoun, Dorchester, Fairfield, Lexington, Richland and Newberry Counties.
More participating OD's are needed. If you're interested in participating, please contact Cheryl Johnson, at the United Way of the Midlands, at 803-733-5414.