Clinic Blog: 2012 Mexico 2 Clinic Blog
September 4, 2012
Clinic Day 6 - Have Fun!
We saw 1,122 people today at clinic. Over the course of the clinic we have had slips of paper in some glasses for dispensing that were made by those that were part of the Regional Manufacturing clinics in June and July. I’ll share a couple of them here.
Srini Kumar (General Manger for Pearle Vision) made a pair of glasses in July at the Regional Manufacturing Clinic in Cincinnati, OH. The recipient was Tania Sanchez. She is 15 years old and in high school. She was the niece of one of our translators. She was at the clinic last week and received a pair of glasses. After she wore them over the weekend she discovered she couldn’t see well out of them. She came back to the clinic today and was seen by Dr. Autumn Durias (LensCrafter’s – Chicago, IL). Dr. Durias cut her Rx because the original glasses she received were a little too strong for her. The glasses that Srini Kumar made matched the needed Rx. We had Tania try them on and she was able to see clearly now. The glasses looked great on her – she was so happy! She told me her favorite subject in school is English and she wants to be an English teacher when she grows up. See her picture below.
Another pair of glasses from the Manufacturing Clinic were made by Correy. Here is the story shared by Dr. Adam Hill: So today, a four-year-old boy, named Joshua, came into my line at the prescription station. He had a visibly noticeable esotropia (crossed eyes) and nystagmus (the eyes look like they're shaking). He also had Down syndrome, which frequently comes with both eye muscle problems and high prescriptions. Sure enough, we hold him still long enough to
measure, and he works out to be somewhere between a -6 and -8 myope, along with about -6 diopters of astigmatism. Which is, hands down, the worst prescription I've seen in any child under 12. We start prodding mum with questions, and she pulls out a glasses prescription written out by a doctor at the local children's hospital for glasses that they couldn't afford. The other doctor found about the same amount of nearsightedness and astigmatism, which makes me feel confident about my measurements. Clearly, this kid needs glasses! Which is fine. We have lots of glasses that are high minus
prescriptions... except this kid is four. He's got a relatively tiny head. So I do the normal thing, which is use the computer to find out what box those prescriptions are in, and then go manually digging for something that is the right prescription and small enough to fit. I find one that looks like it'll work -- it ended up being about -6.50 with -3 cyl and was small enough -- and pull it out, and lo and behold, it's got a green ticket on it.
A green ticket means somebody we know personally made those glasses. They're brand new, somebody from head office or one of the regional clinics made them, and we've got their email address so they can get a picture of the person receiving those glasses. Finding a green ticket is a bit of an event at the best of times, but add in the fact that it's a cute little kid who's never had glasses before, with such a high prescription, and you're looking at a minor media event.
So at this point, I grab the glasses, drag the boy, his mum, and my translator over to the dispensing table, and start adjusting the glasses. They are slightly too big for him, so I have to bend the temples in a fair bit so they'll stay on his place. (The best-behaved four-year-olds tend to pull their glasses off, so it needs to be nice and snug.) We put the glasses on his face and straightened them out, and let him just wear them for a minute. He looked around a little bit, saw his mother, and we watched his face light up as he cried out "mumma!"
It's one thing to know somebody needs glasses and prescribe something for them; it's quite another to watch their face light up and hear the excitement as the world snaps into focus for the first time.
Here are some other stories from team members at the Mexico clinic today: I met a 58 year old woman today in Dispensing who told me that her husband had recently passed away. She was receiving readers, a distance frame and sunglasses. She said that because of OneSight being here in Talneplantla and giving her the ability to see much better, it was the first day she has been happy since her husband died. – Guest Blogger Kathy Martin
Anche il team italiano vuole condividere la bellissima esperienza con OneSight. Ci sono molte storie che ognuno di noi ogni giorno vive in prima persona, che ci rendono orgogliosi di essere qui, felici di poter dare una mano a tanta gente che si dimostra sempre entusiasta e grata per quello che facciamo per loro. Invitiamo tutti a partecipare ad una missione, e’ di sicuro un’esperienza che vale la pena di provare!