Clinic Blog: 2013 Thailand Clinic Blog
January 23, 2013
Day Seven - Memories that will last a lifetime!
Day seven is finished! Another 1200 people can now see the world more clearly! Our total for the clinic so far is just under 8,000 people helped! One story that stands out is that of a young boy, maybe 10 years old, who had a very strong prescription - a +10.50. Upon examination, it was found that he had severe scarring on his macula and retina. He was wearing a pair of glasses that gave him some vision, but it was no possible to help him see any better. He was referred to the local health officials and we were able to give him two practically new pair of +10.50 glasses that were in better shape than his existing glasses. He was able to go down a line on the eye chart, however, probably because his new glasses had no scratches on them!
The highlight of the day was this morning when we visited a local elementary school. We passed out over 700 pair of kids' sunglasses and were able to interact and even play a game of soccer with them - the experience was "spec"tacular! It was amazing to see the smiles and hear the laughter and singing of so many children at once...what a simple pair of sunglasses and stickers and playing can bring out in a child humbled us all. The kids were so excited we were there that they wanted to take out pictures and get our autographs!
Shout outs from the team:
Anthony Perry Clarksville, TN: What a great day! This morning was quite refreshing, being given the opportunity to visit with school children (big thanks to Yok!!!). Playing soccer with the 5th grade team was a blast! A huge shout out and thanks to Colby Wilson, a good friend of mine, for donating the soccer ball!!! It was well used. Although that was a great moment, my heart has been heavy since the passing of my boss and optometric mentor Dr. Don C. Lewis this past weekend. He lives on however, as we have now seen over 20 glasses dispensed that our LC stores 0765 and 0724 personally recycled over the past year!! In those moments seeing the smiles on the recipients faces I can see Dr. Lewis smiling as well! He will be greatly missed, but his legacy of helping others first will continue well beyond his time here on earth.
Simona Turolla Italia:Sono passate 2 settimane e non mi sembra vero di riuscire a vedere piu di 1000 persone al giorno,un esperinza indimenticabile,sia per l'organizzazione fatta alla perfezione,nonostante la lontananza ci si sente in una grande famiglia,con il tim ma anche con quelli del posto,grazie a one sight per darci l'opportunita' di questa esperienza e soprattutto della gioia di donare la vista
Liliana Pezzei Italia: MISSIONE in THAILANDIA / Bueng Kan : giorno dopo giorno, momento dopo momento , si vive e si respira tutta la magia di un mondo meraviglioso, di una umanita' nuova con il cuore grande , dove prevale il vero amore verso tutti gli esseri umani. le persone che arrivano alla Clinica, aspetta pazientemente il loro turno sempre con il sorriso sulle labbra e alla fine il loro grazie con le mani giunte esprime la laro intinita gratitudine. Tutti i componenti di ONE-SIGHT , provenienti da diverse parti del mondo, sono simpatici, cordiali e anche se parlo poco l'inglese, loro cercano sempre di farsi capire. La sensazione e' preoprio quella di essere in una grande famiglia. L'obbiettivo di questa Missione era di dare 8.000 occhiali, invece siamo arrivati a 9.000 e manca ancora mezza giornata.... Oggi abbiamo portato gli occhiali da sole in una scuola materna ed elementare qui vicino. i bambini ci hanno fatto una grande festa.... Non ho mai visto bambini cosi felici e cosi educati.... Questa Missione e" davvero un'esperienza unica e meravigliosa che rimarra' nel cuore per tutta la vita. Un Grande Grazie a Tutti di One-Sight.