Dr. Brenda Lien, O.D. Recognized for her Volunteer Work

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Dr. Brenda Lien, O.D. Volunteering at RAM Clinic in Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Alissa Nagel/Nevada.

On the weekend of October 3-4, optometrist Dr. Brenda Lien volunteered her time to give free eye exams and related vision care at the Remote Area Medical Health Clinic, a 3-day event where hundreds of families received no-cost medical, dental, and vision care.  Most of those patients are either un-insured, under-insured, unemployed, or simply cannot afford health care.

The clinic was held at Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, and was sponsored by Remote Area Medical (RAM), a non-profit, volunteer relief corps.  RAM’s big-rig trucks hauled in trailers full of medical equipment on Thursday, and the huge, empty gymnasium was transformed overnight into something that looks like an Army MASH unit:  Wall-to-wall dental, medical, and vision testing equipment, exam chairs, and dozens upon dozens of volunteer medical personnel.

Because the clinic is run on a first-come, first-served basis, patients began lining up for numbers as early as 3:30 AM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. At 6:00 AM when the clinic doors opened, the anxious crowds rushed in to finally receive no-cost general medical care, immunizations, dental care, eye exams, basic eye treatment, and eyeglasses.   Organizers say they never shut their doors until every patient has been seen.

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It was a great privilege and blessing to volunteer and help restore sight to nearly 500 individuals over the weekend,” said Dr. Lien, still cheerful and energetic after several long days of volunteer work.

Dr. Lien has practiced optometry at Linden Optometry in Pasadena for over 9 years, providing eye exams and vision care for both children and adults.  She is a graduate of Southern California College of Optometry, and she became a Clinical Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry in 2010.  Dr. Lien has been a Subject Matter Expert for the California State Board of Optometry and is a recipient of the PEN/Con-Cise Award for displaying a high degree of professionalism and commitment to the independent practice of optometry.

Remote Area Medical’s mission is to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free quality healthcare to those who cannot afford medical attention.  According to RAM, “Many people live in fear of sickness and injury simply because they have little or no access to basic medical care.  RAM responds to this need by providing free, quality dental, vision, and medical care to those who cannot afford it.  In less than 24 hours we turn fairgrounds, schools, jungles, and arenas into mobile medical centers.”

Linden Optometry P.C. recognizes Dr. Lien for volunteering her time to be part of the solution. 

Dr. Lien’s participation in the RAM Clinic was made possible by international non-profit Optometry Giving Sight, as a result of Linden Optometry being the #1 fundraiser in last year’s World Sight Day Challenge 2014.”

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A Typical “RAM” Remote Area Medical Free Clinic (stock photo courtesy RAM)

 

World Sight Day Challenge 2015. Will You Help?

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As a member of the vision care community, Linden Optometry is concerned about people around the world who lack access to the quality eye care we can often take for granted. Because of this, we are participating in the World Sight Day Challenge during September and October.WSD 2015 026 - cropped

Now in its 9th year, the World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses. The campaign is run by global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.

Preventable blindness is a solvable problem and we are proud to help give better vision to those in need. Most people are surprised to learn that for as little as $5 someone living in an underserved community can be provided with an eye exam and a pair of glasses to transform their lives. Everyone can make a huge difference and we are thrilled to be contributing to Optometry Giving Sight.

During September and October, Linden Optometry will match your donation (up to $500) to help the more than 600 million people in the world who are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses.

The campaign goal is to raise $1 million globally in 2015. We are thrilled to be contributing towards this goal and hope you will join us in doing so!WSD - image_2-girls_with-wristbands

Transforming Lives:

Annie and Sonia are two of 1500 children who benefitted from a recent screening program in Cap Haitian, Haiti. Poor vision made it very difficult for them to see the teachers’ writing on the blackboard.  They were identified as having astigmatism and were referred to the Vision Plus Clinic, part funded by Optometry Giving Sight, for a full examination and to obtain glasses. “Thank you for helping my daughters see the world,” a grateful Mrs. Charles said after her 6-year-old daughter, Sonia, put on her first pair of glasses!To date, Optometry Giving Sight has disbursed more than US$11 million in funding from donors and sponsors to 72 projects in 42 countries.

For more information, visit www.givingsight.org

 

Still Time to Donate to World Sight Day!

Linden Optometry supports World Sight Day 2014 The World Sight Day Challenge is a major fundraising campaign coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight which is designed to raise funds for projects that provide training, establish vision centres and deliver eye care services for people who are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses.  Donations are accepted year-round!

PLEASE DONATE TODAY:   http://www.givingsight.org/wsdc-donate

Linden Optometry Joins Campaign to Raise $1 Million for Universal Eye Health

Linden Optometry supports World Sight Day

Linden Optometry Supports World Sight Day 2014

One hundred staff members and 24 doctors of optometry at Linden Optometry are taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge during September and October to help give the gift of vision to people in areas of need.

Now in its 7th year, the #WorldSightDay Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses.

The campaign goal is to raise $1 million globally in 2014.  During the 2013 World Sight Day event, Linden Optometry P.C. was the number one fundraiser among all private optometry practices nationwide.

Donning “World Sight Day 2014” T-Shirts, the doctors and staff of Linden Optometry are educating patients about the cause, and asking patients to contribute if they wish to.  Those donations will be matched 100% by Linden Optometry, and those funds will be used to help the more than 600 million people in the world who are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses. The campaign is run by global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.

In addition, Alan Limfat, O.D., President and CEO of Linden Optometry, will donate a day of his eye exam fees on World Sight Day (October 9).

“I have supported Optometry Giving Sight for 4 years,” said Dr. Limfat. “Preventable blindness is a solvable problem and we are proud to help give sight to those in need. We are thrilled to be contributing towards this year’s $1 million goal, which will change a huge number of lives.”

Just $5 can be enough to help provide an eye exam and a pair of glasses to someone living in an underserved community. Every contribution is meaningful.

Participating is easy – simply make a donation before the end of October.  To donate, visit Linden Optometry at 477 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, or donate online.

Transforming Lives:

Linden Optometry supports World Sight Day 2014Manny (pictured here) was one of the tens of thousands of women, children and men who lost everything when tropical cyclone Yolanda smashed into the Philippines last November. Optometry Giving Sight was pleased to support the efforts of Third World Eye Care Society from Canada who mobilized volunteers and resources to visit the country in late January. More than 8000 people received glasses as a result of their efforts.

To date Optometry Giving Sight has funded 67 projects in 38 countries. For more information, go to www.givingsight.org.

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