by Derek Franklin
For almost 40 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 Southeast Asia, volunteers have provided eye care and eye glasses to almost 100,000 people in 20 countries. They have now arrived in Thailand.
Invited by the Father Ray Foundation, nine volunteers–two ophthalmologist and seven students–traveled from the United States and checked the eyes of more than 500 local elderly people and 100 children. 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 glasses is too costly for many.
For many older people in Pattaya, weakening eye sight becomes so severe that life becomes one big blur.
For children without access to regular eye testing, school work suffers or they suffer from headaches when reading.
But now the world of Pattaya’s elderly and children at the Father Ray Foundation will be a lot brighter and clearer thanks to AMIGOS Eye Care.