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Hope in Sight: Moran Eye Center Assists Former Refugees

More than 50 Utahns who are former refugees received comprehensive eye exams, eyeglasses, and charitable surgery referrals at the John A. Moran Eye Center’s Hope in Sight Outreach Clinic on Saturday, April 27, 2024. 

The clinic ensures New Americans access to the vision care they need to fully participate in the community.   

Among the attendees were Viktoriia, 39, and her son Bohdan, 17. The pair came to Utah from Ukraine less than a year ago. “The transition has been hard,” said Viktoriia. “I want to make sure we’re both getting the care we need, especially Bohdan, so he can continue swimming.” 

Hope in Sight Clinic patient
Bohdan receiving his eye exam.

Before moving to Utah, Bohdan was a top finisher in his swimming events, earning many medals. Despite having to adjust to a new home and school, he has settled in well with his new high school swim team and has continued his winning streak. 

“I am so thankful that Moran is able to provide this care for my son and I,” said Viktoriia.

Partnering community organizations, including the Refugee and Immigrant Center – Asian Association of Utah (RIC-AAU), the International Rescue Committee, Catholic Community Services, and Utah Health and THRIVE Center for Survivors of Torture (formerly Utah Health and Human Rights), refer patients for care at the clinic.

The Moran Eye Center’s Global Outreach Division started the clinic, held periodically throughout the year, in 2019. It is supported by generous contributions to the division, which works to increase access to eye care in Utah and worldwide.