NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Dozens of patients lined up for a free eye clinic by the Norfolk Middletown Lion's Club last month, but the clinic never opened its doors. 10 On Your Side looked into the matter and found out from the clinic organizer there were scheduling problems.
The clinic reopened as promised this Saturday, and things ran a lot smoother.
10 On Your Side went to the free eye clinic at Park Place Medical Center last month and found people waiting in the blistering heat to be seen. People waited outside for hours; many left hot, angry, and sweaty.
"That was a situation where we had to reschedule," said Beverly Boone Harris, President of the Norfolk Middletown Lion's Club. "There was a misunderstanding and the notice didn't get put on the door."
Temperatures and tempers were much cooler at the free eye clinic this Saturday. Doors opened around 8 a.m. and several people were able to be seen.
"It wasn't bad getting in at all," said patient Sherrie Small. "We were actually standing outside and someone directed us in to wait inside."
The Norfolk Middletown Lion's Club provides this free clinic every third Saturday at Park Place Medical Center.
"The programs works with people that can't necessarily afford eye glasses and help them through whatever the situation is," said Harris.
But even this help has limits because the demand is so great. Sometimes there is not enough time to get to everyone.
"The volunteer said there was only three doctors back there and that they would only be able to see 30 people that were actually patients of the Park Place Community Center," said Small.
But the doctors saw as many patients as they could.
"They worked with me and they worked with several other people," Small said. "They are doing their best to make sure everyone is being seen."
Harris says the Lion's Club will not host the free eye clinic next month. The clinic will return to Park Place Medical Center the third Saturday of October.
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