A Kingsdon optician, Nina Carlisle, has returned from Ethiopia after another successful assignment with Vision Aid Overseas.

By WGD_Mumby |

Nina Carlisle spent two weeks training staff and optometry students at Gondar University in the Ethiopian Highlands, as part of a team of four optometrists and a dispensing optician.

As part of her assignment, she took all 31 students on a visit to two rural villages over a period of six days, to screen residents for cataract operations and other necessary eye treatment.

She said: “We also refracted and supplied spectacles to those who needed them. The highest prescription we found was -35.00 DS, which means the young boy’s range of clear vision was less than 3cm from his nose. He had never had glasses and was unable to continue his schooling due to his visual disability.”

The refraction kit Ms Carlisle used during this trip was generously funded by a Somerton patient – but was delivered four hours away from where the team was stationed.

She said: “It was delivered to the Addisalem Hospital at Abay Nado. The hospital was due to open the following day and the optometrist had no equipment until we arrived, so we were made very welcome.”

Ms Carlisle added a vote of thanks for people in Kingsdon and the surrounding area who had generously raised more than £2,000 for Vision Aid Overseas over the last year.

She said: “Thanks to your generous support of my fundraising activities and that of my work clients, friends and colleagues, we raised £2,273 this year.”

Source: Western Gazette
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