PCH/FMC ‘Back to School Bang’ Adds Free Eye Exams

PCH/FMC ‘Back to School Bang’ Adds Free Eye Exams


Car seat checks also offered

Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center’s annual “Back to School Bang” continues to grow with the addition of free eye exams for all school-age children. Now in its third year, the free interactive health and wellness expo will take place Saturday, August 5, from 9 am to 1 pm, in the Paris Family Medical Center.

Another new addition this year is free car seat checks provided by the Paris Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program. The safety checks are important to ensure that children are properly secured in vehicles.
Dr. Robert Blumthal, optometrist, will provide free eye exams that will meet the requirement for children entering kindergarten. The exams also are available to children who are new to the community or need a routine eye exam. Dr. Blumthal will have the appropriate forms available for children who live in Illinois. Indiana children will need to bring their school forms with them.

Dr. Blumthal has been practicing for 35 years, providing care for patients of all ages. He returned to Paris last February as a visiting physician in the Acklin-Shackelford Clinic.

Other attractions at this year’s Back to School Bang will include the following:

  • Paris Family Dental and the Edgar County Dental Clinic will provide free dental exams that fulfill the requirement for registering children for school.
  • Optional school/sports physicals and immunizations will be available from 9 am to noon. Normal copays for services provided will apply. Participants should bring their insurance card, immunization records, and appropriate school forms. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The PCH Rehabilitation Services Department will offer free baseline concussion screenings for all athletes and an obstacle course.
  • The event will include games, giveaways, a free photo booth, and face painting. Attendees will be eligible to receive free school supplies.

Other participating organizations will include the Paris Fire Department, Bee Well of Edgar County, Edgar County Lions Club, Edgar County Health Department, and more. The Air Evac helicopter is scheduled to attend as well.

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