Clinic Blog: 2011 South Africa 2 Clinic Blog
October 23, 2011
A Sunny Thanks!
Sunglasses come in all shapes and sizes. From the classic Aviator to the trendy cat-eye, there’s a pair to fit every mood and style. Sunglasses, more importantly, protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays from the sun. In the first 4 days of the Mtubatuba Clinic, doctors have been identifying occurrence of pterygium, which is a response to chronic dryness and ultra violet exposure that causes the breakdown of the collagen of the whites of the eyes. Typically, it is found in older adults (about 70 years of age), however, at the clinic, it has been identified in patients as young as 12 years old. Simple eye protection, like a pair of sunglasses, could help prevent this. Thanks to Michelle Carter, an OneSight employee from North America, OneSight Global Clinics now have a supply of sunglasses in children’s sizes. Prior to this, clinics had sunglasses for adults, but never for children. Now, school children who don’t need corrective eyewear are given a pair of sunglasses to help protect their eyes. On behalf of children around the world, the children of Mtubatuba have a special message for Michelle.
Pictures from Mtubatuba of patients in their sunglasses or sunnies!