Mobile Health Clinic Helps Hundreds at Annual Pittsburgh Event
The mobile health van Brother’s Brother Foundation donated to the Eye and Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh made an appearance at this year’s Mission of Mercy event, where it helped over 800 patients receive free eye exams.
Mission of Mercy is an annual two-day event held in Downtown Pittsburgh that provides free dental and vision exams to uninsured or underinsured patients. This year’s event provided eye exams to 825 patients—150 more patients than the number seen last year. Over 700 adults and 30 kids were prescribed and ordered glasses that they will receive before the winter holidays, also at no cost.
The eye exams were conducted by Guerrilla Eye Service(GES), a group of volunteer eye doctors and University of Pittsburgh medical students who provide free eye exams and vision screenings in underserved Pittsburgh communities. The organization is led by Dr. Evan Waxman, the director of UPMC Vision Institute Mercy and the director of UPMC’s Ophthalmology Residency Training Program.
Using the eyeVan, GES has been able to expand their services to patients with limited access to medical facilities. In Ambridge, a recovering steel town 18 miles northwest of Downtown Pittsburgh, GES gave children vision exams and ordered prescription glasses before the start of the new school year. The organization regularly holds clinics throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Photo caption: Dr. Evan Waxman (center), director of UPMC Vision Institute Mercy and the founder of Guerrilla Eye Service, stands next to the mobile health van at the 2023 Mission of Mercy event held in Downtown Pittsburgh.