Kids in need get free eye exams and glasses

Reported by: Alyx Sacks
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Updated: 12/10/2012 7:57 am

Sometimes going to the eye doctor can be a little intimidating for kids, but when one of your favorite hometown basketball team joins you for your check up it might make it a little easier.

This holiday season Eyezone partnered with the Reno Bighorns to help out families in need.

Third grader Anthony Mejia got some good news at his very first eye exam.

"My eye sight is good," Mejia says.

And Sundays doctors visit wasn't like any other. Reno Bighorns players greeted each patient making the visit even more special.

"It's very nice that they can help out the community when we need the help," Anthony's mom Cynthia Chaparro says.

Free eye exams and glasses were provided to children whose families need some help this time of year.

"If it's just a little bit of confidence that we can give them. It makes your day," Eyezone optometrist Dr. Daniel Rowan says.

Eyezone staff can't stress enough the importance of eye health for kids.

As Dr. Rowan says,"without your vision you can't learn."

According to Dr. Rowan about 70-percent of learning disabilities are just an uncorrected vision problem.

"If they're having troubles reading the book or seeing the board they don't know they're having troubles until they come in and can be helped," Dr. Rowan says.

Eyezone recommends kids go to the eye doctor about once a year.

As a part of their visit Sunday, the kiddos got to walk away with a stocking, a Bighorns t-shirt, and basketball tickets.

"We're blessed to be able to play the game that we love and if we can give back and put smiles on kid's faces we want to do it," Bighorns guard Garrett Temple says.

Leaving the office with a smile and for some kids with a new pair of glasses.

By the end of Sunday, we're told just over a dozen kids got free eye-exams and pair of glasses.

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