07.04.2011

Optometry students head to Mozambique for eye care project

Optometry students head to Mozambique for eye care project

By Alexa Kaczka

Students for Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Ireland, recently paid a visit to Mozambique with the aim of raising awareness about eye-related issues.

Cliodhna Flannery, Claire Judge, Fiona Murphy and Orla Murphy went to the African country during March, where they took part in the Mozambique Eyecare Project.

They travelled with Dr James Loughman and Aoife Phelan from DIT and recent graduate Elaine O'Donoghue, where they met with the students and staff of Universidade Lurio (UniLurio).

Along with students from UniLurio, the group from DIT took part in a vision screen programme in local schools.

"The UniLurio students were bright and enthusiastic and this transferred to us, the experience has really given us an appreciation for our skill and the differences we can make," said Fiona.

Earlier this month, Prevent Blindness America announced that it is aiming to teach around 30,000 children about the importance of looking after their vision.
 

by Alexa Kaczka


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