A group of FYidoctors eye care professionals are set to head down south to Jamaica later this month to help others see better. The five specialists will put their highly valuable skills to use and provide eye care to those who don’t have access.
As part of a project organized by Canadian Vision Care, Dr. Craig Meckelborg and Dr. Colleen Renchko will be joined by Practice Coach Koreen Dueck and opticians Marsha Eng and Jennifer Cooper.
“We are hoping to see 1 to 3 thousand people during our week and work with a surgical team also,” said Dr. Meckelborg of the trip to Montego Bay, a place that has been classified as having severely inadequate access to eye care services. “We will be working in the areas of Jamaica that most people never see.”
Patients waiting to for eye care in Jamaica on a previous Canadian Vision Care project.
The team has been preparing and fundraising for the trip well in advance of their Jan. 26th departure date. Once they arrive, the team will be connecting with two classmates of Dr. Meckelborg’s from Ontario, along with other doctors from Alberta and Ontario. The group is set to return to their Calgary clinic on Feb. 4.
“Both Colleen and I have done some mission work before and are very excited about this one,” added Dr. Meckelborg.
Canadian Vision Care have been sending volunteers to places around the world since 1981 to provide primary eye care (eye exams and glasses) and surgical care to hundreds of thousands of individuals. Through optometry, ophthalmology, and opticianry, volunteers work together to deliver thorough, comprehensive, and integrated care in the developing world. So far, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Philippines, Africa, and Guyana are just a few places that volunteers have visited to offer help and support.