Nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia sits the beautiful country of Cambodia—a nation renowned for its temples and stunning landscape. Many of its people are facing incredibly difficult challenges daily, with over 40% of Cambodians earning just $2.00USD each day and more than 10% of the population living below the poverty line. In addition to the socio-economic challenges that these people face, communities also must endure challenges presented by the country’s geography and climate. Because of the proximity to the sun and a lack of preventative care, over 180,000 Cambodians are blind—with 10,000 Cambodians suffering from avoidable blindness each year. To make matters worse, Cambodia has one of the lowest number of eye care specialists per capita in the world. At OneSight, we define lack of access as lack of awareness, affordability and physical access. And when a community lacks access, we do what we can to bring it to them—because we believe that everyone should have the ability to see clearly.
From May 20 – 24, OneSight hosted a clinic in the rural Ampov Prey Commune of Cambodia, providing free eye exams and glasses to nine local villages under the loving care of Cambodian General, His Excellency Seng Sinarin. With Seng Sinarin’s generous support and in partnership with Khmer Sight Foundation and Essilor Vision Foundation, we were able to serve nearly 1,300 patients in just five days. Our partners at Khmer Sight Foundation will also be conducting eye surgery missions in this area, helping patients suffering from cataracts and pterygiums.
Due to the unique challenges presented by the geographic location of our clinic, we took on a nimble kitting approach, which uses lighter, more portable equipment to reach remote areas faster and more efficiently. Normally, a clinic this size would require over a dozen pallets full of equipment to be transported to the site. With our innovative approach, we were able to pack an entire clinic into one pallet of supplies. It’s devices such as Kaleidos that make our nimble kits possible, giving us the power to screen patients in just a few seconds.
While this is OneSight’s third time holding a charitable clinic in Cambodia, we’re constantly looking for ways to extend our impact. Sustainable programming, when possible, is what we’ve found to be the most effective and empowering way to provide an entire community with access to affordable, quality vision care. That’s why when we set out to bring another charitable clinic to Cambodia this year, we also set out to explore opportunities for long-term programming.
Together, let’s close the vision care gap for good. Donate $30 to provide a free eye exam and pair of glasses to someone in need.