Clinic Blog: 2011 South Africa 2 Clinic Blog
October 18, 2011
Clinic Day 1-Brendan’s Story
First time Global Team Member and Australian Optometrist Brendan Philp shares a special story from his first clinic day.
On only rare occasions in life you get the chance to change someones life in a profound manner. Today was the first day of my very first OneSight global clinic, and if today was anything to go by, I will be participating in many more in years to come. An elderly lady attended our clinic today who walked uneasily with the help of an old stick for a cane. She didn’t wear glasses but her eyes were almost closed as she was squinting so hard to try to see clearly. After testing her eyes she was found to have a script of +15.00D in each eye, which is a very high script indeed and one that I would only rarely see at home. Without glasses, she would find reading impossible, daily tasks extremely difficult and even would struggle to recognize the faces of loved ones. When she tried her glasses on for the first time her eyes almost popped out of her head as she realized how clearly she could see her hands that she was holding out in front of her. This was probably the first time that she had seen her surroundings clearly for 30 years and she was so excited that she began to dance. She left a new woman with a new independence that she would not have felt in years. After she left the clinic, I noticed that the old stick that she walked in was left at the door. This was only one of many stories that I could tell of today. Not a bad first day, can’t wait till tomorrow.
Clinic Day 1
Photos from the first clinic day