Setting up the vision screening workstations early in the morning.
May 6, 2017 (Chengdu) Saturday morning was spent working with the local Lions International Club on vision screening programs urban style. Reminiscent of the old Willie Sutton saying of robbing banks because that's where the money is, they set us up just outside a large mall, on the sidewalk where a lot of people walk by. Well organized into different queues for registration, visual acuity checks and then eye exam stations, we say a broad range of patients with the full spectrum of eye conditions, referring those that needed further care or treatment to the SPPH ophthalmology department. Each member of our team was paired with one of the SPPH residents to help translate and we worked through several hundred evaluations. The weather was most pleasant. The Lions Club volunteers were enthusiastic and seemed to have a lot of fun, taking every opportunity for photo ops and chanting their mantra: "WE" .... "SERVE"!
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Dr. LiuOne of our team, Dr. Liu (far right) is a cataract and cornea specialist from Kaiser Permanente in Stockton, CA. She is reviewing a hand held retinal camera with SPPH staff.
Vision TestingOut door vision testing. The young lady testing is Dr. Liu's niece from Guangzhou. The man in the red jacket (Jimmy) is a Taiwanese massage therapist from the Bay Area, new to the team this year, and playing a welcome support role!
Lid InjectionDr. Farris (team leader) is doing a Botox injection for spastic entropion (painful condition where spasm causes the eyelid to roll in). Its a quick temporary treatment that lasts 3 months till patients can have surgery.
Dr. Paul ChenPaul Chen is a cataract specialist at Kaiser Permanente in Mountainview, CA. Here he is working with Nina, one of the SPPH junior faculty. This is Paul's tenth year on the team.