Clinic Blog: 2012 Walking Shield Clinic Blog
March 1, 2012
You are never too young to develop glaucoma
Today we had 2 young patients referred for glaucoma evaluation. A 9-year-old girl was mildly suspicious and a 14-year-old boy there was no doubt he has moderate to advanced glaucoma in his right eye and early glaucoma in his left. This is very rare in children, but we have a great group of doctors and thankfully were able to find this. Now these children will be able to receive treatment for this condition. We saw 97 patients today and were able to produce 58 more pairs of glasses in our lab. We will begin to dispense glasses tomorrow to the patients we saw yesterday. Can't wait to see the smiles on their faces when they put on their new glasses.
As promised here is some Tribal History: The Paiute people who live on the Bishop Paiute Reservation are descendants of the “Nu-Mu”, the original people of the Owens Valley. In 1912, the US Government reserved over 67,000 acres of land in the Owens Valley for the Indians of this area. In 1932, President Hoover revoked the 67,000 acres of reserved lands and placed the lands in watershed protection status for the City of Los Angeles. In 1936, the City of Los Angeles wanted the remaining lands and the federal government traded these lands for the 875 acres that now comprise the Bishop Paiute Reservation located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Today the Paiute people are the fifth largest California Tribe, with 2,000 members and one of the smallest land bases. Despite the land predicament the Tribal government has upgraded technical capabilities and developed infrastructure for the present and future growth of the Bishop Paiute Reservation.
One of our patients today Francis Stone Sr. was telling Amy Mohler he has lived on this reservation for the past 50 years. He said when his grandfather was a child they would line everyone up and give out names. He said when his granddad was very young his teacher asked him his name and she couldn’t understand him, so some kids said, “he lives over by the rock pile”and the teacher said your name is Tom Stone!