The American Optician

FALL 2017

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T his is my fifth year returning to Jamaica on an eyecare mission with students, opticians and faculty. I was honored to lead a great dispensing team with Great Shape! Inc.'s iCare project, which provides free eye exams, eyeglasses, surgery and health screenings to those in need. This year, we joined a team of 50 individuals, including medical doctors, ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurses, opticians and students from across America to serve residents in Western Jamaica who have limited access to eyecare. Many Jamaicans go without an eye exam and eyeglasses for most of their lives as the cost can exceed a month's wages. In one week this year, we saw nearly 1,600 Jamaicans and provided cataract surgery, eye exams, nursing checks, medicine, Rx eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses—for free. We had an onsite lab to accommodate custom fits and a large library of Rx eyeglasses to meet their needs. The students from Hillsborough Community College Opticianry Program in Tampa have worked throughout the last year neutralizing donated eyeglasses and fabricating new Rx eyeglasses. A few students were able to go on the mission with the help of a scholarship from the Opticians Association of America's Vision of Hope Foundation. This helped offset some of their costs. Students also worked throughout the year on fundraising events to further cover expenses. The knowledge and experience gained on this mission trip was priceless. Most students continue on this path of community service locally, nationally and internationally after they graduate … it is only the beginning for them. Enjoy a few wonderful pictures from the trip here . Mary Seguiti is an opticianry instructor at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL. 1 0 V I S I O N O F H O P E Opticianry Students On a Mission DE SIGNED T O PERF ORM E a s t e r n S t a t e s E y e w e a r • w w w . e s e y e w e a r . c o m • 8 0 0 . 6 4 5 . 3 7 1 0 @ e s e y e w e a r

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