New eye clinic opens in Old South Baton Rouge

Eye care clinic opens in Leo S. Butler Community Center

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - For the first time in decades, people in Old South Baton Rouge can walk to their next eye exam.

A new eye care clinic opened Wednesday, Aug. 14 inside the Leo S. Butler Community Center, located at 950 E Washington St. Local leaders say it’s the first eye clinic to open in this part of the city since the 1980s. There are two doctors who offer a full list of services, including glasses made in-house. Dr. Dan Smith says the clinic is badly needed in this neighborhood.

The eye care clinic is the first to open in Old South Baton Rouge since the '80s.
The eye care clinic is the first to open in Old South Baton Rouge since the '80s. (Source: WAFB)
Dr. Smith's Eye Care opened Wednesday, Aug. 14 on Washington Street.
Dr. Smith's Eye Care opened Wednesday, Aug. 14 on Washington Street. (Source: WAFB)

“Glaucoma, cataracts... very prevalent in the African American community, so I mean, without that going checked, I mean, you can literally go blind,” Dr. Smith said.

The new clinic is now accepting new patients from across the city. Call or stop by the community center to set up an appointment.

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