Tadiwala Road Clinic

26 February 2007

Vision Aid Overseas: "Bringing lives into focus"


eyeclinicrajendra003VAO is a UK based charity that focuses on providing basic eye care and wear to the developing world. In addition to a vision test, each patient is screened for various ocular diseases, such as cataracts and glaucoma. If required, they will be referred to an ophthalmologist. Since 1996, in cooperation with the Deep Griha Society, VAO has provided eye care for over 20,000 patients. "We will make a difference together," introduced Mike Offord.

In many of the rural areas, people travel for miles for the possibility of being able to properly see and learn. Being unable to read a blackboard can have a crippling affect on a child's education. The majority of the rural camps are set up in schools to ensure that the largest numbers of children are screened. "There are too many significant memories to list," said Sarah Bunting, "The reactions are so sincere."

VAO and Deep Griha have noted that the need in the city is being met and have been able to focus more time in the rural areas. This is largely due to the long-term commitment from both teams. "I always leave wanting to stay longer," said Sarah Bunting. Several of the eye doctors have been volunteering their time consistently for the last couple of years.

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