Community members 'biked for sight' at fifth annual fundraiser

FAIRBANKS, Alaska Mountain View Eye Center held their fifth annual fundraiser 'Bike for Sight' and expanded to include runners this year, naming the event 'Bike and Stride for Sight.'

Mountain View Eye Center held their fifth annual fundraiser 'Bike for Sight' and expanded to include runners this year, naming the event 'Bike and Stride for Sight.'

Community members gathered to walk, run, and bike to raise money for Mountain View Outreach and the Gift of Sight project where they bring a mobile eye center to developing countries to provide eye care. Mountain View Eye Center's mobile eye center allows them to do eye exams, give glasses, and even do laser and cataract surgery.

Dr. Katherine Johnson, Founder and Owner of Mountain View Eye Center, says proceeds from the fundraiser will go to their trip to Belize in 2020 and also towards their new mobile eye clinic.

"We're trying to get this mobile clinic, so we can go out and do community projects, community eye screenings. Believe it or not, the largest incidence of angle-closure glaucoma, a preventative kind of glaucoma, is in North Slope Native Alaskans, so we want to be able to go do screening projects for our people, our Alaskans here," said Johnson.