STUART-Imagine your eyesight weakening slowly over time until eventually you’re unable to drive at night. Teresa Williams experienced this over the course of several months and found it frightening. It was having an effect on her personal life. She was always worried about making it home before it got dark. Williams’ informed Volunteers in Medicine Clinic about this problem and an appointment was made with volunteer optometrist, Alan Siegel, OD who discovered cataracts in both eyes.

Dr. Guerrero at Stuart Eye Institute performed surgery on both eyes to remove the cataracts. Now, Williams’ eyesight is back to normal and has no problems when driving. She’s thankful for the partnership VIM has with Stuart Eye Institute and she’s excited about being able to see again.

“They helped me a lot and without Volunteers in Medicine Clinic I wouldn’t know what to do. They do remarkable work and they help you a lot. I thank God for them.” said Williams.

She has been a patient for 12 years and believes VIM Clinic is an asset to the community.  She works full time at McDonald’s and enjoys spending time with her family.  VIM Clinic helped get her high blood pressure and diabetes under control.

“It’s good for people who don’t have money because they don’t have to worry about a hospital bill. You don’t have to decide between paying your mortgage or paying for your medicine,” said Williams.

The VIM Clinic in Stuart provides free health care for uninsured eligible Martin County residents. For more information, call 772-463-4128, or visit online at vimclinic.net.