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Monday, March 29, 2010
In the photo on the right Dr. Carl goes over the plan for the day with the team.
This is our intake process where we get information from the patient on their medical history and other vitals.
Using an auto-refractor we measure the prescription in the eyes. This amazing machine uses a cone of infrared light as part of the measuring process.
Then the patients get to see Dr. Carl who examines them and then pulls all of the information together to determine what the patient needs and he prescribes the corrective lenses if required.
As per most of our training sessions we ended up with some hospitality - today was homemade chili, veggies, salad, bread and focaccia. We finished off with some magnificent chocolate peanut butter cookies. Check out our recipe section if you are interested.
Thank you to the volunteers for helping us prepare for our clinics in Guatemala.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The Rotary Club of Perth will be conducting eye clinics for the indigenous people of Guatemala in April 2010.
Preparations have been underway for many months. Key activities have been logistics, linguistics and lasagne - the 3 L's.
More about the 3 Ls:
Logistics included everything from getting there, getting the eyeglasses, training the volunteers, raising the funds for equipment and designing the workshops.
Linguistics included getting the team up to speed with some basic Spanish and arranging for translators to translate from Spanish to Mam or Quiché which is the dialect of the native Mayans who will be attending the clinics.
Lasagne is about one of the favourite foods that the Team had at the many dinners during our various training session. “Feed them well, perhaps a glass of wine and they gladly participate and let us dilate their eyes” could have been our modus operandi. In those sessions the Team took turns getting and giving eye drops, taking and giving blood for diabetes testing and monitoring blood pressure levels.