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News: Roane State’s fall vision clinic open through Nov 8

Students practice fitting eyeglasses in the Roane State Vision Clinic.

Posted: September 4, 2023 / Updated: October 10, 2023

Roane State’s Optical Clinic has resumed services for the fall semester. The clinic is part of the college’s Vision Care Technology (VCT) program, the only accredited two-year program of its kind in Tennessee.

Through the clinic, patients can get free eyeglass frames in most cases and a promotional price for lenses and coatings. Services are available to Roane State students, employees, and local residents. Patients just need a written prescription less than a year old.

“The optical clinic is a win-win for all of us,” VCT program director Hali Gibson said. “Clients are getting essential services at a dramatically reduced cost while enhancing the education of our students. This hands-on experience sets students up for success in the workforce.”

Anyone wishing to make an appointment in the optical clinic can do so by calling (865) 882-4635. The clinic will be open through November 8 this year. Operating hours are 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Mondays as well as 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Wednesdays.

The optical clinic is in Room 209-A of the Yager Building on the Roane County Campus. After an initial appointment, patients can expect to return in 2-3 weeks to pick up their glasses. Students in the Vision Care Technology program are then graded on their work.

Please note that costs may vary depending on a patient’s prescription, lens design, and other options. Fashion frames, computer glasses, children’s glasses, prescription sunglasses, safety glasses, and all types of specialty glasses are available through the clinic.

The Roane State Optical Clinic operates during the fall and spring semesters only. Eye exams and contact lenses are not provided by the clinic.

For more information about the clinic or RSCC’s Vision Care Technology program, visit tessgrantham.com/visioncare.

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