Clinic Blog: 2012 India 2 Clinic Blog
April 22, 2012
One Week of Clinic is Behind Us
Our first site consisted of four days in the blistering heat of Nagana, a small village in India. By the fourth day of clinic, we had perfected our system. We saw a total of 2,134 patients and each one was dispensed either a pair of recycled donated spectacles fitting their prescription, precut circular lenses fit to a slender metal frame, reading glasses or sun ware. The people of this land are beaming with kind smiles and warm hearts. Our core team had a handful of native speakers able to bridge the gap in communication between us and our valued patients. A large number of indigenous volunteers further assisted to instruct those going through each station and verify clarity of vision through newly fitted eyeglasses. A kind donation of Ray Ban sunglasses treated our guests to hip style and needed protection from the bright dessert light of day.
Staggering results of vision research in India found that 80% of the country’s blindness is correctable. Of that percentage 20% is caused by refractive error, which is easily restored with spectacles. The other 60% falls to cataracts. After this research, OneSight felt there may be a way to make even more of an impact within the region we are visiting. Two of our doctors split off to work with local hospitals after finding the government will pay to have cataract surgery performed for the citizens of the country. OneSight is able to assist in awareness of the available government program. Hospitals can than work directly with the referred patients to schedule and correct even more vision in the years to come.
We said goodbye to four lovely team members unable to stay for the full duration of the trip. To rest our minds and take a break from working days, we visited the Mehrangarh Fort that overlook what is known as the “Blue City.” Local legend relays that the stone washed buildings were termite ridden. To solve the infestation and prevent future munching, citizens used chemicals that turned houses to a vibrant blue tint. Many debunk the theory and state the painting of blue houses is an environmentally safe way to cool residents and repel mosquitoes.
Come Monday we will welcome a new comer and start in new location, Kanadesar about half the distance from the first. More than half our time is behind us. The words you’re reading and the pictures you are seeing are a meager attempt to share and will never fully capture what we’ve been experiencing. Your beloved friends and family will come back as changed people. Thank you for following and sharing in the comments section. It is wonderful to get a taste of home while we are so far away.
About the Clinic
2012 India 2 Clinic Blog Clinic
A team of OneSight volunteers and doctors will provide free vision care and eyewear to those in need.