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NEWS | Sept. 15, 2011

NHCC expands optometry services for family members

By Jeff Kelly Naval Health Clinic Charleston Public Affairs officer

The newly opened Joint Department of Defense/Veteran's Administration optometry clinic located on Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station, is now open to TRICARE Prime retirees and dependants of active duty service members. With this addition, veterans, retirees, active duty and their dependents all have access to optometry services at either the new location or at Naval Health Clinic Charleston's main clinic.
The Ralph H. Johnson Veteran's Administration Medical Center along with NHCC and the 628th Medical Group announced the opening of the new Optometry Clinic in April. Due to staffing, services were only open to VA beneficiaries at that time.
"We really want to get the word out that we have expanded our services to cover dependents and retirees," said Johnny Knight, NHCC Charleston, certified ophthalmic technician, certified optician and optometry clinic manager. "The expanded access to a brand new state-of-the-art optometry clinic such as this one falls directly in line with our values as an organization. We want to provide the very best in patient and family centered care. Opening our doors to family members simply reinforces that pledge."

The clinic is located in Bldg. 746, Pulaski St at JB CHS - WS. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Services are open to veterans, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp, Army and Coast Guard beneficiaries.

Optometry services provided include eye exams, prescriptions for glasses and optical services. The clinic also includes satellite audiology services for VA beneficiaries.
Call 794-6221 if you would like to make an appointment.