Operation Eyeglasses Gives Homeless Vision

Sight, of course, is something we shouldn't take for granted. Thankfully though, if you don't have the best vision, eyeglasses can fix that problem.

For the homeless though, getting a pair is difficult.

Saturday, an event called "Operation Eyeglasses" offered some relief.

A couple hundred people walked into the Kroc Center Saturday. Some of them had the type of vision that makes it a difficult task.

One by one, everyone got their eyes checked. Arlo Tillenburg has eyes that are getting worse with age.

"I squint my eyes. I get a headache because I can't see. It does get frustrating if I don't have the proper glasses to read," said Tillenburg.

In "Operation Eyeglasses," several homeless shelters brought people over who needed glasses. They got to visit the doctor for a prescription, and pick out their own frames. All of it was free from donations.

"It's important to get everybody a healthy eye exam and a good pair of glasses to basically manage themselves through their life," said Chris Tirro, an organizer from the Nebraska Society of Dispensing Opticians.

A new look and the ability to see means a lot to Tillenburg. He can't wait to get reading. "Darn right! That's a silly question. I'll be glad to get back into the reading," he said.

Saturday marked the second year for the event.

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