50 foreign eye doctors to donate 4,000 glasses in Pattaya Nov. 10-18

Friday, 04 October 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 40 By  Phasakorn Channgam

More than 50 foreign ophthalmologists will donate 4,000 pairs of glasses to Chonburi residents at a Gift of Sight Foundation event Nov. 10-18 at the Eastern National Indoor Sports Arena.

Bandit Siritanyong, vice president of the Thai-Chinese Cultural and Economic Association, and Pongthep Leungsuwan, representing the Gift of Sight Foundation in Thailand announced the event Sept. 23.

Pongthep Leungsuwan (left), representing the Gift of Sight Foundation in Thailand, and Bandit Siritanyong (right), vice president of the Thai-Chinese Cultural and Economic Association, announce the upcoming eyeglasses donation.Pongthep Leungsuwan (left), representing the Gift of Sight Foundation in Thailand, and Bandit Siritanyong (right), vice president of the Thai-Chinese Cultural and Economic Association, announce the upcoming eyeglasses donation.

Pongthep said GOS was founded with the intention to help the poor obtain free eye exams and glasses. Since 1999, the group has helped more than 350,000 people, he said.

“The Gift of Sight” is a collaboration between GOS, the Public Health Ministry and One Sight Foundation of the United States, which organized a team of eye doctors from 40 countries to perform checkups and prescribe glasses.

“The goals of the foundation focus on accessible services in all areas,” Bandit said.

In addition, doctors will offer advice on maintaining good eye health and preventing eye diseases. Those at risk of blindness will be sent to a hospital or nursing center for further care.

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