Clinic Blog: 2011 South Africa 3 Clinic Blog
December 2, 2011
We’re in the News!!!
On Tuesday November 29th Betty and her daughter Sheila came to the clinic in Mamelodi to receive an exam and hoped to get glasses. Betty was unable to leave her wheel chair for the auto refraction so I attempted to use the handheld autorefractor. After discovering that we would not be able to get a good reading due to so much variation in readings I personally escorted both Betty and Sheila through the clinic to discover what her condition was and whether a new pair of glasses would help her. I brought her directly over to Leah who is one of the team’s Optometry students. She looked into Betty’s eyes and also was having difficulty getting a good look. Betty did have difficulty controlling her movements. Without any initial success Betty, Sheila and I went to IMS and Dr. Tim used the retinoscope to determine a prescription. He was able to determine she was right eye dominant and corrected her prescription so she would receive a new pair of bifocals. At dispense Nicola fit both Sheila’s and Betty’s glasses and there were smiles all around. Betty was able to read the 20/100 line. We discovered that the photographer who was taking pictures during Betty’s exam process and the reporter who interviewed Tim and I with questions as to what Betty was receiving were going to print her story in the Pretoria Newspaper later that week. The story came out in Thursday’s paper with a great photo of Betty and Leah. –Jenna, Sears Optical 571
Jenna Morse (We are trying to get a copy to publish here so you can see the story)
Wow! What an adventure. This is my first mission and day 4 of clinic. The people of Mamelodi are gracious and have the biggest smiles when they greet us, even after standing in the rain for hours. It is an amazing experience and one to for sure warm the heart. It’s all about “giving back” and this mission is certainly doing that for me.
Special hello to all my family and friends at home. –Anne, LensCrafters 907, Hamilton, Ont. Canada
Anne Di Francesco