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Free Eye Exams & Prescription Eyeglasses Offered for People in Need


SEATTLE (October 17, 2022)Seattle/King County Clinic returns to Seattle Center for a seventh year Oct. 20-23 with free eye exams and prescription eyeglasses for those who struggle to access or afford eye care.

Led by Seattle Center and Seattle Center Foundation, Seattle/King County Clinic brings together healthcare organizations, civic agencies, nonprofits and private businesses to transform Seattle Center facilities into a vision care operation. Licensed healthcare professionals and general support volunteers donate their time and expertise with a goal of helping more than 1,000 people in need during the four-day period.

TIME/DATE: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20 – Sunday, Oct. 23 

McCaw Hall
305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Media are required to check-in at the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall (321 Mercer Street).

Organizers open the facility and begin to distribute free admission tickets in Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center (corner of 2nd Ave. North & Thomas Street/Lenny Wilkens Way) each day beginning at 6 a.m., with the doors to the Clinic opening at 7:30 a.m. Once the Clinic opens, patients are escorted to the service facility and admitted by ticket number to be registered and receive free eye care.

Learn more about Seattle/King County Clinic at seattlecenter.org/skcclinic or by calling 206-684-7200.

Since this is a vision clinic only, organizers request that news outlets refrain from showing images and/or video from past Seattle/King County Clinic events showing medical or dental services, so as not to confuse the public about services offered at this Clinic.

Media is welcome to visit the Clinic (if arranged in advance) and on load-in/set-up and Clinic event days during the following hours:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 18 & Wednesday, Oct. 19 during load-in/set-up between 11am & 3pm (please schedule time in advance)
  • Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 20-23 during the Clinic days from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. (please provide at least two-hours’ advance notice)

Because this is a healthcare facility, all media representatives should be at least 10 days past any COVID infection and symptom free -- and will be required to wear a face mask.

Media attending the Clinic, will be required to check-in at the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall (321 Mercer Street).

Event photos available upon request. 

About Seattle Center
Seattle Center is celebrating 60 years with all that is “New, Now, and Next” as Seattle’s hub for arts, sports, community events, and cultural festivals. Originally built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the dynamic 74-acre campus has transformed over the years to respond to, reflect, and represent the region’s ever-broadening community. Seattle Center and its iconic International Fountain are often referred to as the “Heart of Seattle,” serving as a treasured community gathering place where the local, regional, national, and international visitors come together every day. Today more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations reside on the grounds, along with a diverse variety of public programs and thousands of events attracting more than 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of Uptown Arts & Cultural District and home to Climate Pledge Arena, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences, and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.864 billion in business activity and $631 million in labor income.


    Meghan McLaughlin, meghan.mclaughlin-c@seattle.gov

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