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Day 1 was a great success!

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.

 

Dr. James Weyrich, Dr. Lyndi Schmidt, and Dr. Schmidt's daughter Nina on their first day of the EyeCare WeCare Mission in the Philippines.

Dr. James Weyrich, Dr. Lyndi Schmidt, and Dr. Schmidt's daughter Nina on their first day of the EyeCare WeCare Mission in the Philippines.

Nina Schmidt ready for her first day volunteering at the EyeCare WeCare Mission.

Nina Schmidt ready for her first day volunteering at the EyeCare WeCare Mission.

The Mobile Eye Clinic from the outside.  All the good work happens inside.  Amazing!

The Mobile Eye Clinic from the outside.  All the good work happens inside.  Amazing!

This severely nearsighted 11-year-old girl got her first exam and a new pair of glasses!

This severely nearsighted 11-year-old girl got her first exam and a new pair of glasses!

This 6-year-old boy has unfortunately gone blind in his left eye due to congenital glaucoma.

This 6-year-old boy has unfortunately gone blind in his left eye due to congenital glaucoma.

This 46-year-old man got his first eye exam ever yesterday. He was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited degenerative eye disease which results in progressively poor vision in the dark, eventually causing blindness. His prognosis unfortunately is very poor. 

This 46-year-old man got his first eye exam ever yesterday. He was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited degenerative eye disease which results in progressively poor vision in the dark, eventually causing blindness. His prognosis unfortunately is very poor. 

School kids receiving their first pair of glasses!

School kids receiving their first pair of glasses!

Both adults and children wait all day for their number to be called. Several storms passed through during their wait, but that didn't stop the long line to wait to see the doctor!

Both adults and children wait all day for their number to be called. Several storms passed through during their wait, but that didn't stop the long line to wait to see the doctor!