Amigos Eye Care arrives in Thailand

Friday, 11 January 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 2 By  Derek Franklin

For almost forty years Amigos Eye Care has traveled the world providing specialist eye care for those who are unable to afford visits to an ophthalmologist.

From countries in Central and South America, Fiji, the islands of the Caribbean, Africa, Eastern Europe and South East Asia, volunteers have provided eye care and eye glasses to almost one hundred thousand people in twenty countries and they have now arrived in Thailand.

Invited by the Father Ray Foundation, the nine volunteers, two ophthalmologists and seven students, traveled from the United States and checked the eyes of more than five hundred local elderly people and one hundred children and students.

The volunteers from Amigos Eye Care gave up their time to travel to Pattaya.The volunteers from Amigos Eye Care gave up their time to travel to Pattaya.

Most people will experience deterioration of their sight as they reach middle age, but the cost of visiting an eye care specialist and paying for expensive glasses is too much for many.

For many of Pattaya’s more mature residents the weakening of their eyesight as the years pass by becomes so severe that life becomes one big blur. For many children who do not have access to regular eye testing their school work will suffer or they will suffer from headaches from trying to read a book.

But now the world of the elderly in Pattaya and the children and students of the Father Ray Foundation will be a lot brighter and clearer thanks to Amigos Eye Care.

Several children were prescribed sunglasses to protect their eyes.Several children were prescribed sunglasses to protect their eyes.

No more straining his eyes when this young boy does his homework.No more straining his eyes when this young boy does his homework.

These mature residents of Pattaya wait to see the Ophthalmologist.These mature residents of Pattaya wait to see the Ophthalmologist.

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