The Gift of Sight

Spearfish, S.D. — Mountain Valley Vision Center hosted their 2nd annual Gift of Sight charity event. The clinic provided free eye exams in exchange for gifts for children in need. A list of children and gifts was provided by the Salvation Army and the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, and at the end of the event was collected for distribution. Along with free eye exams, free glasses were also provided to those who qualified.

A technician and aspiring optician, Samantha Burleson spearheaded the event based on the need within the community. She says of the day,

“This morning, it was amazing that a little girl was so excited to get new frames, new lenses, that she started crying. And that right there is why I feel that we are going to continue to do this annually.”

Mountain Valley provides top of the line services, and it was important to provide the same quality this weekend, despite services being free. There were several cases of glaucoma and macular degeneration that were identified by state-of-the-art equipment and expert doctors. The frames and lenses were also the same high quality materials used on a normal basis. 

Although the plan was to exchange toys for eye exams, some donated toys without the exam.

Dr. David Czerny, the owner of Mountain Valley Vision Center said, 

“It feels good to do this, it’s really fun, there’s no ulterior motives. We’re just helping people and they appreciate the eye care so that’s fun. And then it’s also a rewarding feeling to know that we’re making a child’s Christmas day a little better.”

Proper eye care is vital, and Mountain Valley Vision Center is delivering top of the line services as well as smiles to the community when needed most.

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