Pattaya offers free eye exams, solicits donations for disabled equipment

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The Pattaya Social Welfare Promotion Department provided free eye exams while raising funds to purchase equipment for the disabled.

Department chief Theeraporn Sreejan led the July 4 program, which saw area residents lining up from morning until afternoon for the free exams and glasses.

Theeraporn said the program was part of a project that also solicited donations for wheelchairs and other mobility devices for the disabled. The tradeoff of free eye exams for donations allows the city to defray costs while giving the public a chance to make merit, she said.

Pattaya citizens trying on glasses to find the one that suits their personality best.Pattaya citizens trying on glasses to find the one that suits their personality best.

At the event, the city also handed out 100,000 baht in wheelchairs, glasses and other equipment to the disabled and poor.

Optometrists tested vision, measured glasses prescriptions and gave patients vouchers to collect free spectacles in a few weeks. The event also provided a forum for the public to complain about other social problems.