A handful of local kids got the gift of better sight


Multimedia Journalist - Julie Collins

 PADUCAH - Thanks to the local chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities, the St. Louis-based "care-mobile" made a trip to Paducah where they gave 50 elementary students free eye exams - a service they might otherwise never get.

"We have so many kids who come from all different socioeconomical backgrounds and it feels really good to be able to help them," says Ophthalmologist, Landen Meeks. "This job is rewarding, especially when helping children see better."

Dr. Meeks was one of several eye doctors who donated their time and services to the Eye Care-Mobile Center on Thursday. Each child was given a new pair of glasses or an updated prescription based on their personal eye exam. Gage Kennedy, a 5th grader, was a recipient.

"I used to sit in the back of the class and it was hard to see," says Gage "I couldn't read the board when the teacher called on me so I was moved to the front but it's (the board) still blurry."

The "Care-Mobile" plans to make another trip to Western Kentucky within the next year.