Typically, approximately 1,000 vision patients visit the Center for Development in Central America (CDCA) clinic in Nueva Vida in Nicaragua. In an average year 1,200 glasses are distributed.
The clinic offers vision tests using an auto-refractor as well as an eye chart. Patients can choose from donated used glasses or pay a small fee for frames holding pre-ground lenses that meet their own prescriptions, if the prescription is not complicated. Patients with more serious issues such as glaucoma, cataracts, etc. are referred to the local hospital that has eye surgery capabilities.
The portable eye refractor is an important tool for quickly checking visual acuity or taking prescription measurement for glasses. The current refractor they are using is not in good working condition.
In addition to the clinic, trained medical staff and Rotary volunteers will be able serve more patients with the assistance of the new refractor in the mobile vision clinic.
The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise Charitable Foundation in conjunction with a District Grant from Rotary 5240, will be purchasing a PlenOptika binocular (both eyes at once) refractor for the Nueva Vida clinic. The equipment has not yet arrived at the clinic.