Harlow, UK (PRWEB UK) 26 January 2018
Optometrist Debbie Young, who has worked with eye health projects in Uganda for ten years, was visiting the Bwindi Impenetrable Park to see the rare mountain gorillas, when she was introduced to staff at the Bwindi Community Hospital. Finding they had no eye health services for the 100,000+ people in their care, and with the nearest clinic 150 miles away, Debbie looked into ways to make a difference.
Working with the Mikwano Children’s Trust charity, Debbie and three colleagues began fundraising, with the goal of setting up a long-term, sustainable eye clinic. Their efforts have been successful and, so far, they have gathered enough equipment to start the clinic, including a; slit lamp, Perkins hand-held tonometer, ophthalmoscope and various test charts. Additionally, hundreds of pairs of reading glasses and sunglasses have been donated to the project.
The team is heading out to Bwindi in June 2018 to host a week long eye-camp. During this time, they will carry out eye examinations, dispense prescription spectacles and share their knowledge with a local Ophthalmic Clinical Officer, hired specifically to maintain the clinic. In addition, Debbie and her colleagues will also be diagnosing prospective patients for cataract surgery, as part of a partnership with a US team of Ophthalmologists that will be visiting the hospital in the future.
HS-UK was delighted to be able to help and donated the boxes of Tonosafe disposable prisms for use at the eye-camp and beyond.
To learn more about the project, please contact debbie.a.young(at)hotmail.co.uk or visit http://www.bwindihospital.com. For more information about the Tonosafe disposable prisms, go to http://www.haagstreituk.com/tonosafe or contact Haag-Streit UK on (01279) 883807.
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