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Hundreds of kids getting free eye exams in National City

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NATIONAL CITY (CBS 8) - Hundreds of children in the South Bay are lining up for free eye exams.

Optometrists from EYEXAM of California and volunteers affiliated with LensCrafters' charitable organization OneSight are working with a team of nurses and specialists from Rady Children's Hospital to perform the tests at the Camacho Recreation Center in National City.

A team of Local nurses and doctors are inside the Camacho Recreation Center Doing free eye exams for South Bay children and giving out free prescription glasses if needed. 

This free eye exam clinic will go on all week long. It started on Monday and will end on Friday. In order for a child to qualify for this free eye exam, they have to have failed a prior eye exam. 

More than 1,100 children ages K-12 are scheduled to get free, comprehensive eye exams this week. Typically, 90 percent of the kids go home with prescription glasses.

This clinic is so important to many South Bay families because many don't have health insurance that covers vision care, and eye exams like this can run about $300 each, not including glasses. 

It's too late to sign up for a free eye exam at this clinic this year, but you can sign up for it next year if you live in the South Bay by talking to your child's school nurse.

In this Health Alert video report, CBS News 8's Alicia Summers has more on why this event is so important.

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