Making a difference
On October 15 2014 a group of 7 Australians will set off for Cambodia to work in Kratie Province. They will be working alongside local Doctors and Nurses from Cambodia Vision. Their aim is to restore sight to over 400 Cambodians by simply performing cataract surgery. The mission will be conducted at the Kratie Referral Hospital. Their trip has been made possible by the charity of the Eye Surgery Foundation, Perth and Rotary International.
The Perth based Eye Surgery Foundation first became involved thanks to the passion of one of their clinical nursing staff, Gina Storey. Gina, who has participated in Cambodia Visions work before says, ”It was wonderful to see the gratitude and amazement in our patients faces. We visit each year and after a week of operating, we go to see our patients from the previous year. They are so excited to see us and it is just so gratifying for us to see the difference returned eyesight has made to their lives. “
Whilst in Cambodia the group’s optometrist will also be visiting village schools to assess children’s eyesight and prescribe glasses for those who need them. NSW based ABC Tissue has kindly offered to have the prescriptions filled for these children.
The Eye Surgery Foundation operates from a newly built state-of-the art Ophthalmic Day Hospital in West Perth. Their highly experienced ophthalmologists and nursing staff provide expert and personal care to thousands of patients with a wide range of ophthalmic conditions. They are unique in that they are not only a first class Ophthalmic Day Hospital but being owned by a charitable organisation, a percentage of their profits are distributed to Ophthalmic related charities, education and research. Thanks to Gina’s enthusiasm the Foundation is donating over $7000 to this cause.
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