Clinic Blog: 2012 Mexico Clinic Blog
November 7, 2012
Clinic Day 1
After we received our station assignments for the day we had a group huddle/cheer and before we knew it we were full swing into our clinic's flow. In general the "flow" of a clinic goes something like this: patients start out by completing a brief registration and health history check. They then receive dilating eye drops and stay in a certain area for about 15 minutes to allow time for the eye drops to work. On then to check their basic visual acuity and take their general prescription reading via auto-refracting. After that they see a doctor who personally checks their eye health more in depth and determines which type(s) of eye wear the patient needs. At our clinic every single person is receiving sunglasses even if they don't require a prescription since sunglasses play a vital role in preventative eye care. The patients are then moved to dispense to await their new glasses and to get a personal fitting with one last eye check before leaving with a brand new view of the world!
One thing to be expected when a large group tackles a new task together is working out the kinks and hitting home runs with the curve balls that are thrown at us, which is exactly what we did! After some trial and error in the beginning of the day our results started becoming continuously more efficient and by the end of the day we had helped over 800 people!! Muy bien!
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