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This fall, Peru resident Marilyn Miedzianski traveled to Aguascalientes, Mexico as a member of the 12th Annual Humanitarian/Vision Health Clinic.
The clinic was sponsored by Region 1 Sight and Hearing Committee of Oregon that included members of Lions clubs from Oregon, California, Canada and Illinois. Miedzianski is a member of Peru Lions Club.
One purpose of the humanitarian clinic was to screen for hypertension and diabetes, but the primary one is to screen for and provide eyeglasses for those who otherwise would not have them.
“The people often walk or take a bus for miles to arrive at the clinic. This year the clinic saw a total of 1,863 people which averaged about 300 people a day with the clinic volunteers often working 10-12 hour days,” Miedzianski wrote.
The glasses were provided from used glasses collected all over the Unites States by Lions clubs. The glasses were sorted, graded for prescription and packaged for shipping to the clinic site.
As people entered the clinic, they were checked for diabetes and hypertension and then moved to the team led by an optometrist for examination then moved to a dispensing station where they receive glasses. Miedzianski worked in the medical screening area and was assisted by medical students from a nearby university. The students assisted with testing and also acted as interpreters.
“One of the highlights of the trip is sending 21-year-old Berta to the United States for eye surgery.
The young woman was found to have a congenital eye defect that if left untreated will end in total blindness.
The team optometrist contacted a colleague who will perform the surgery at no cost to restore her sight, and then she will return to her home in Mexico,” Miedzianski said in an e-mail.
Peru Lions Club has a eyeglasses collection receptacle near the pharmacy door of the Hy-Vee grocery store in Peru. For information on getting involved with the Lions, call (815) 252-5011.
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