Dr. Lyndi Schmidt and her daughter Nina have completed their first day of the EyeCare WeCare Mission in the Philippines.
Dr. Schmidt worked with President and Founder Dr. James Weyrich and other volunteers and doctors of the mission yesterday. Together they saw about 300 patients on their first day, but the true totals will be tallied tomorrow. Dr. Weyrich wanted to provide the poor people of the Philippines with eye care, but when he realized that only the larger islands have access to health and vision care, he decided to bring the care to them. He created an eye clinic on wheels, the Mobile Eye Clinic, and each mission brings care to thousands of people who desperately need this care.
Dr. Schmidt and Nina had a long, tireless day yesterday on the first day of the mission. Nina helped the doctors with eye exams, running the eye chart and by being the scribe (go Nina!). Dr. Schmidt saw a myriad of patients, for some it was their first eye exam ever and they walked away with new glasses. Others had more serious conditions from degenerative eye disease, trauma and blindness.
We are so proud of Dr. Schmidt and Nina for volunteering their expertise, care and kindness to people who desperately need it. If you would like to help as well, you can donate to the EyeCare WeCare Foundation here: http://www.eyecarewecare.org.
Below are some photos of Dr. Schmidt's first day on the mission.