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Eyewear for Vietnam Needed

mivision | 30 January 2017
Australian Health and Humanitarian Aid (AHHA), a non-government, registered not for profit organisation, has requested pre-loved and unwanted prescription glasses and sunglasses to support its Donate Glasses program. The glasses will be distributed to people in need living in Cambodia and Vietnam.

The AHHA has worked with poor and disadvantaged locals in Cambodia and Vietnam for more than 13 years. It has completed more than 6,500 free cataract surgeries as well as thousands of medical check-ups and dental procedures.

Parramatta-based orthoptist Anh Kieu began volunteering with the organisation in 2012 and has done three mission trips with them since. Her role includes eye examinations encompassing checking for vision, measuring eye pressure to check for glaucoma, providing free prescription and reading glasses, screening for cataract disease and performing all necessary measurements  to determine the intraocular lens power for the best outcome after cataract surgery.

“Witnessing a patient’s delight and surprise as they put on their new glasses and see clearly for the first time is an incredibly moving experience. It can drastically improve their quality of life, allowing them to work, study and be more mobile. It’s undoubtedly the most rewarding part of these trips,” she told mivision.

In Australia, Ms. Kieu works at PersonalEYES’ Parramatta clinic, which supports the Donate Glasses program by collecting pre-loved and unwanted prescription glasses and sunglasses. For information, visit www.personaleyes.com.au or call 1300 683 937.

' Witnessing a patient’s delight and surprise as they put on their new glasses and see clearly for the first time is an incredibly moving experience '