(VAO) charity member made a record 850 eye examinations/day in India
Many enter our clinics blind
and leave about 20 minutes later able to see.
London, May 01, 2007
NRI optician, Premal Patel, 32, team member of the
Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) charity, West Sussex, UK performed and
set up a record 850 eye examinations in a day in India.
Dr. Patel said, "The best moment was when I prescribed
glasses for an old lady who was virtually blind. She was overwhelmed.
The whole trip was very rewarding." In March, he performed
more than 3,600 tests in his two week stay in the Indian city of
Bangalore. He will be going to Africa in December.
Vision Aid Overseas works for a world in which
everyone has access to eyecare and spectacles. Their mission is
to examine the eyes of needy people in the developing world, to
provide spectacles and to train people in those countries in eyecare
Vision Aid Overseas is a charity dedicated to helping people in
the developing world whose lives are blighted by poor eyesight,
particularly where spectacles can help.
VAO works by sending teams of volunteer optometrists and dispensing
opticians who set up clinics, screen large number of patients and
provide appropriate spectacles.
Many enter our clinics blind and leave about 20 minutes later able
Started in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has provided 500,000 eye tests
and given 250,000 people the ability to see with a pair of spectacles.
Vision Aid Overseas currently works in the following countries:
Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Sierra, Leone, Uganda
The charity has also worked in the following countries: Albania,
Armenia, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Estonia, Gambia, Jamaica, Kenya, Latvia,
Peru, Russia, Swaziland, Tanzania and Vietnam