The Greenville Free Medical Clinic recently received a grant of $99,787 from the 2018 Fluor Golf for Greenville tournament to update its eye clinic. The ribbon-cutting for the new space took place July 29.
With the help of the grant, the clinic was able to buy a digital acuity system, retinal camera, visual field analyzer, LED slit lamp, tonometer, and indirect ophthalmoscope. Executive Director Susan Foley said the retinal camera and the visual field analyzer were completely new pieces of equipment, intended to expand the treatment of patients suffering from glaucoma or retina damage due to diabetes. She added that the clinic’s new space is 50% larger, providing more room for both doctor and patient.
The clinic’s original equipment was beginning to become outdated and obsolete in recent years, Foley said. The eye clinic was unable to make the significant investment for new equipment — until Fluor Golf for Greenville selected the clinic as a recipient of one of its grants.
The eye clinic serves 500 low-income, uninsured residents of Greenville County each year. About 20 volunteer ophthalmologists provide screening and treatment services in the clinic. Specialty doctors also volunteer at the clinic, expanding its services.
Dr. Nick McLane, who has volunteered at the clinic since 1998, said the new equipment provides the ability to track a patient’s eye health over time and to treat nearly every eye problem.
Several people joined forces to renovate the newly acquired eye clinic room, including Jody Redmond of RSS Construction, who helped make the electrical and plumbing upgrades; volunteers from Auburn University’s Alternative Student Break program and Christ Church Episcopal High School, who helped paint; and McLane, along with Drs. William Caldwell and Douglas Stokes, who helped select the new equipment.