Clinic Blog: 2012 Cleveland Clinic Blog
October 17, 2012
Today was a shorter day for the schools, but definitely not for OneSight. 105 children came through for eye exams today and 85 needed eyeglasses. After the school children are done there is always a lot to do to prepare for days to come. This also gives us time to catch up on making the glasses from previous days and preparing them to be delivered to the schools for dispense. Its also a great time to collect stories about personal experiences that our team has during clinic to share with the rest of the world. Here are a few stories from some of our core team members, in their own words...
"For those on the clinic team who are in the lab, it's hard sometimes to connect with the kids. We see all the amazing prescriptions but we don't always see the faces. On Wednesday we made a lab moment. Ron Herbert, a lab tech from Victoria, BC, brought a hat to give to one of the kids. They chose to give it to Marshall. With the help of the team at frame selection, Ron got to meet Marshall. Marshall is a young man with special needs who wears glasses full time. Marshall, his class companion and their aid got to come out on EyeVan and meet Ron."
- AMANDA KROHN Pearle Vision #6303
"A little girl was struggling to pick out her frames. She was trying to decide between a black pair that she really liked and a purple pair which me and my fellow team member Hannah Toschlog, really liked. Then another little girl came in and I knew right away the purple frame would look amazing on this little girl. I put it on her and it did. The first little girl saw how excited we were about the purple frame and quickly picked it over the black ones. The two girls, both with the purple frame, walked downstairs to where Farrah Fakir was working"
- LEAH BRADLEY Regional trainer for Sunglass Hut region 12
"I was working at the control desk and had to check out the same little girl. She handed me her glasses and paperwork and I asked her to have a seat with her classmates. A minute later she came back up to me and said, "I need to make sure you don't mix up my glasses with the other girls" I started laughing and I assured her that I would keep them separate and that it wouldn't get mixed up. She waited around the control desk until her glasses were picked up to be taken to the lab."
- FARRAH FAKIR Sunglass Hut #5711
I was trying to track down the details of another story that I thought was amazing. A little girl was finishing up with her exam and her prescription was a -16.00. The doctor asked if she had glasses, but they were broken. One of the team members helped her find a frame and Andrew Hudson, who works in the lab, hand edged her own lenses into a new frame so she had something to take with her. That's just what OneSight does, changes lives!
No matter how different the story is, one thing remains the same. Even though OneSight changes lives by giving the gift of sight, the children of OneSight change our lives...forever.
About the Clinic
2012 Cleveland Clinic Blog Clinic
A team of OneSight volunteers and doctors will provide free vision care and eyewear to local students in need.