At EYE Health Centre, we believe strongly in giving back to the community and caring for the eyes of all those in need. Outreach programs represent an opportunity to show the community the level of commitment our optometrists have to their community.
Canadian Vision Care would like to express our appreciation to Dr Samuel Boucher and Dr Sophie Jobin from the St-Albert region of Alberta, for their donation of 20 trial lense kits for the School of Optometry at the University of Malawi. This will allow the students to practice refractions at the school and be able to do outreach clinics. The school has graduated 32 optometrists to date. This is in a country of 17 million with a surrounding area of 50 million who had previously no optometrists. It is with the kindness shown by the optometry profession that this school is thriving in Malawi. These two doctors have assisted the young optometrists to train and do thousands of eye exams that otherwise could not be done without their donation. THANK YOU!
Costa Rica 2015
In February 2015, Drs Boucher and Jobin took their family to Costa Rica to provide eyecare in some remote areas. The mission, organized by Canadian Vision Care and the local Costa Rican Lions Club International, brought a team of 4 doctors (including yours truly!), 4 technicians and 4 kids on 3 days of humanitarian work. 800 eye exams were provided, some 300 pairs of glasses dispensed, eye diseases were treated and referals were made for surgical care. All free of charge. An experience we won't forget and look forward to repeating!