UJ Optometry students tested eyes, issued glasses and referred people for further treatment in Randburg as part of their service to communities recently.
About 120 community members received comprehensive vision exams. The students’ initiative resulted in almost half of the patients receiving glasses. Some were referred for cataract surgery and others referred for glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye) treatment.
The Department of Optometry at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in partnership with other stakeholders provided free medical services at the Community Day Initiative, held at Windsor East and Windsor West in Randburg on Saturday, 23 April 2016.
“The School of Optometry committed itself to support the request for eye care services as there is a big need for this in the community, says Ms Marietjie Richter, UJ’s Senior Lecturer: Department of Optometry.
“The students, who are in their final year, were able to put their knowledge into practice. The students performed the vision tests under the direct supervision of academic faculty and clinical professionals. They also learnt how to build relationships with patients in the local community.”
“It was hard work but worth it in the end, as the dedication was paramount in the service delivery,” concludes Richter.
The community day initiative was initiated by New Creations Family Church (Robin Hills) in 2013. The church harnessed the expertise and resources available in its congregation to serve the Windsor communities by offering a variety of health and related services, as well as legal, financial and career oriented advice, all free of charge.