Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Gift of Sight in Guatemala

Student Amanda Vanderbrink poses with a child that she fit with glasses.
Vol State Ophthalmic students and faculty members are back from another successful mission of hope and vision. For the last eight years, students and faculty have have been traveling to Guatemala each spring to conduct eye tests and fit donated glasses for kids and adults. It's part of a medical mission trip organized by the Hendersonville Rotary and Dr. David Black. This year, the ophthalmic folks saw over 500 people and examined at least 200 children. For some of the children and adults, the gift of eye tests and glasses allow them to clearly see for the first time in their lives. 

The trip is also an incredible learning opportunity for the students, those who make the trip and even those who work here at home. It takes months to test the hundreds of donated glasses here in Gallatin and get them ready for fitting. Kudos to the Ophthalmic program for another amazing Service Learning project.

One of the students at the orphanage smiles with his new pair of glasses and pirate patch.
Students Ashley Sanders and Amanda Vanderbrink work to find a pair of glasses that will 
help a woman to be able to read.
You can see from the length of this line, how popular the mission is for the Guatemalans.
The Ophthalmic Team (minus Jana Allen).

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