We wanted to send an update from Meghan Smith regarding additional eye exams on some of the students that we marked as having visual problems when we completed the screenings at Project Mercy in March.
I have taken 25 students to the eye clinic in Butajira. This was the group with the worst eyesight; 10 have received glasses and the remaining 15 were unable to have their vision corrected with glasses. Corneal scars, inflammation and “unknown reasons” were given from the eye doctors. There are an additional 37 students I intend to take within the next few weeks. After visiting and talking to the eye doctors, I understand the importance of early screenings. The doctors mentioned that many of the eye problems that could not be corrected with glasses were due to trachoma, transmitted by flies when the children are young and allow the flies to land around their eyes. These beautiful students are looking at a new and brighter future simply by having better vision, which allows them to stay in school, function better at their tasks and overall improve their quality of life. Isn’t it amazing what ‘little’ effort in our lives can impact these students for a better future.
What a privilege and a blessing…. thanks for being a part of it all 😉