Outreach eyecare in Sri Lanka

In December, OD students: Lanka, Menaka and Erica, as well as Nuwan (OD graduate 2016) volunteered their services for an outreach eye care project in Sri Lanka.

They were part of a larger team of volunteer optometrists from both Australia and Sri Lanka. Together the team examined around 500 patients each day and provided much needed eye care to around 2000 people over four days. They visited remote villages that would otherwise have no access to eye care. Global Hand Charity project team leader Regina Lau described the performance and attitudes of the Department’s OD students as exemplary in every area. “They were friendly, flexible and ‘able to rough it’ in some not so ideal circumstances. The team work was amazing and we were all feeling grateful to make some difference to people’s lives.