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Optometrists needed for once-in-a-lifetime experience

11/04/2018By Matthew Woodley
The organisers of Eyes4Everest have put out an urgent call for more volunteer optometrists to join their trek to Nepal later this year.

The three-week charitable mission to the Annapurna region is in need of 16 additional volunteers to help provide much needed eyecare to locals who would otherwise be unable to access it. This year will be the second time the charity has visited the region and one of the trip’s organisers, Ms Carina Trinh, said there was a desperate need for eyecare professionals in the area.


“There are some severe eye conditions in the area and they would have no access otherwise to glasses or eyecare and it’s really humbling to be able to provide that service. You can really see how much peace of mind they have after we help them see again.”
Carina Trinh, trip co-organiser

“After the success of our pilot trip last year, the locals requested for us to come back to the Annapurna Region of Nepal and double our time. They're such beautiful people, and it would be devastating if we had to cancel our trips and break our promise to return to the region,” Trinh said.

“All the patients are so grateful. There are some severe eye conditions in the area and they would have no access otherwise to glasses or eyecare and it’s really humbling to be able to provide that service. You can really see how much peace of mind they have after we help them see again.”

The trip begins on August 31, but volunteers need to register before the end of April in order for it to go ahead. Trinh said aside from helping the locals, the stunning scenery and camaraderie among the volunteers made it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that most people would not be able to experience.

“You’re testing eyes in some of the most spectacular landscape on earth with cliffs on one side, greenery on the other. It’s an experience and a challenge, but it’s so beautiful,” she said.

Registrations and more information can be found on the Eyes4Everest website.

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