ASHVILLE – She cares about quality eye care for the people in her community, but Dr. Shonda Wood’s passion to help people goes much deeper.
"We care about people," Wood said. "Yes, this includes their eyes, but also their overall health."
Wood opened Wood Family Eye Care, LLC. in December 2009. It was her mission field.
"In the Bible, there are many references to vision and sight," Wood said.
"‘I once was blind, but now I see.’
"’For we walk by faith, not by sight.’
"’Without vision the people will perish.’
"Although the Bible isn’t directly speaking of physical sight, we are so very dependent on our sight but also the vision of hope. Hope is the vision of things to come."
Wood said if she, as an optometrist, can restore physical sight, then she, as a Christian, hopes to instill some hope.
"Whether by actions or words, I have filled my place as an eye doctor and a Christian," Wood said.
Not only is Wood helping people in Ashville and St. Clair County, she is sharing her talents around the world.
"I participated in a medical mission trip to Haiti in January of this year through Children’s Hope," Wood said. "It was not planned, but God let me know I was supposed to go. We took 300 pairs of eye glasses with us, but when we got there, we had an overwhelming response. Within the first two days, I felt like I had gone through most of my supply of donated glasses.
"I had very odd prescription glasses left. Then Wednesday came, and people I helped needed a very odd prescription, and looked in my bag, and I had the glasses they needed. God provided then, and the rest of my time in Haiti. Up until my very last patient. I saw over 1,000 patients."
Wood is planning on returning to Haiti in March.
"My trip to Haiti led me to see there is a need here in our own county as well," Wood said. "I have founded a non-profit organization called iSee Project."
Wood said they would start offering vouchers for eye exams and basic eyewear through the schools and churches next year.
For more information about Children’s Hope, visit www.childrenshope.com. Anyone who would like to donate glasses can contact Wood at her office at 205-5944-3168.