Blog

The Final Stats Are In!!

The Final Stats Are In!!

Dr. Lyndi Schmidt is back in the US after her trip to the Philippines and volunteering at the EyeCare WeCare Foundation Medical Vision Mission in Guiguinto and Balagtas. She will be back in the office next week.

The final tally of the vision mission is in. Here's what they were able to do in just five days: 

1,580 -- the total number of patients they saw.
1,337 -- the total number of glasses dispensed.
40 -- the number of surgeries that were recommended.

Dr. Schmidt was part of this mission for three days, and saw hundreds of these patients herself. What a blessing she was for this mission!  Please visit EyeCare WeCare Foundation's Facebook page to see the day-by-day review of how the mission helped over 1,500 patients.  You can also see the post they made giving kudos to Dr. Schmidt and pictures of her work in action here:  EyeCare WeCare Foundation Facebook Page.

Here's what the EyeCare WeCare Foundation posted about Dr. Schmidt's participation in the mission:  

"We were blessed by having another doctor join us for day 2, 3 and part of day 4.  She was Dr. Lyndi Fandino Schmidt, an American/Filipina optometric physician from San Francisco, California, USA.  She and her daughter Nina were a pure blessing to the foundation to help us to keep our motto "Delivering God's Ultimate Vision Plan to the Poor."  She was especially a blessing to Dr. Jim.  Just to have someone helping him examine all the patients in a bus that exceeds at time over 100 degrees.  She brought some of her own instruments that ended up being very helpful to keep the long lines moving.  We were able to see 300+ patients per day. We hope to see her and her daughter on many future missions.  Than you Dr Lyndi.  No one can realize how hard it is to be aboard that hot bus for 8 to 10 hours each day and having to concentrate on each and every patient to help them to the best of our ability."

 

Final Day - Mission Accomplished!!

Day 3 was the last and final day for Dr. Schmidt and her daughter Nina to participate in the EyeCare WeCare Foundation Mission.  The mission will continue for two more days after their departure, so the work is far from being over.  They spent three long days of grueling work, but, as Dr. Schmidt said in her own words, "I walked away feeling like I received just as much from this whole experience as we gave."  

And that is the beauty of volunteer work:  we always get back as much as we give, no matter what it is.  To be paid in the form of a small dessert someone cooked because it was all she could give, or to see a child see the world clearly for the first time, or to help prevent people from going  blind by giving them access to free cataract surgery -- all these things made this an incredibly rewarding experience to be part of for both Dr. Schmidt and her daughter Nina. 

Our eyesight is precious, and we need to care for the general health of our eyes as we do the rest of our bodies.  But when some don't have the proper resources available to do this, they rely on the goodwill of others to provide it.  Over the last three days, Dr. Schmidt has given the gift of eyesight and clear vision to hundreds who desperately needed it.  Thank you Dr. Schmidt and Nina for the wonderful and generous work you have done for all these people in the Philippines!

Below are pictures of Dr. Schmidt's final day at the Mission.  If you would like to help as well, visit the EyeCare WeCare Foundation here:  http://www.eyecarewecare.org.  

 

 The new venue for Day 3.  It's cool having a clinic on wheels!!

The new venue for Day 3.  It's cool having a clinic on wheels!!

 They parked right in front of the gymnasium.  It's important to choose a venue that has a rooftop in case it rains.

They parked right in front of the gymnasium.  It's important to choose a venue that has a rooftop in case it rains.

 Every morning, EyeCare WeCare Foundation CEO Dr. James Weyrich starts with a prayer for patience, strength and thanks for everyone's hard work.

Every morning, EyeCare WeCare Foundation CEO Dr. James Weyrich starts with a prayer for patience, strength and thanks for everyone's hard work.

 This 10-month-old baby girl has congenital glaucoma in her right eye.  Her mother noticed that her eye started to look like "mata ng pusa" soon after birth, which means "cat's eye."  She was referring the baby's iris not developing properly, a condition common in congenital glaucoma.

This 10-month-old baby girl has congenital glaucoma in her right eye.  Her mother noticed that her eye started to look like "mata ng pusa" soon after birth, which means "cat's eye."  She was referring the baby's iris not developing properly, a condition common in congenital glaucoma.

 This 7-year-old girl is unfortunately completely blind from bilateral congenital glaucoma.  Her mother carried her onto the bus for her examination.  She was referred to Resources for the Blind to learn braille.  

This 7-year-old girl is unfortunately completely blind from bilateral congenital glaucoma.  Her mother carried her onto the bus for her examination.  She was referred to Resources for the Blind to learn braille.  

 This woman was losing her vision due to pterygium growth over her left eye due to exposure to wind, sun and dust.  She was scheduled to have it removed.  Once removed, she will regain normal vision.

This woman was losing her vision due to pterygium growth over her left eye due to exposure to wind, sun and dust.  She was scheduled to have it removed.  Once removed, she will regain normal vision.

 Open for business!  Nina found her niche in the optical dispensary filling prescriptions.  She is ready to conquer the day!

Open for business!  Nina found her niche in the optical dispensary filling prescriptions.  She is ready to conquer the day!

 The mission's host, Judith Tavares-Wong.  Judith is an ophthalmology surgical nurse at Kaiser in Portland, Oregon.  She has family in the Bulacan and knows the area well.  She was the mother hen and provided everyone with transportation, food and lodging arrangements.  Her 12-year-old daughter Claire was also instrumental in assisting the doctors on this mission.  

The mission's host, Judith Tavares-Wong.  Judith is an ophthalmology surgical nurse at Kaiser in Portland, Oregon.  She has family in the Bulacan and knows the area well.  She was the mother hen and provided everyone with transportation, food and lodging arrangements.  Her 12-year-old daughter Claire was also instrumental in assisting the doctors on this mission.  

 EyecCare WeCare Foundation directors, Ed and Susan Damilao.  Ed and Susan live in Florida, but come to the Philippines to organize and run all the foundation's eyecare missions throughout the islands.  These two sweethearts celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary during this mission.  Talk about dedication!

EyecCare WeCare Foundation directors, Ed and Susan Damilao.  Ed and Susan live in Florida, but come to the Philippines to organize and run all the foundation's eyecare missions throughout the islands.  These two sweethearts celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary during this mission.  Talk about dedication!

 It's time to say goodbye!!  Dr. Schmidt and Nina say their farewells as they wait for Dr. Schmidt's mother to pick them up. 

It's time to say goodbye!!  Dr. Schmidt and Nina say their farewells as they wait for Dr. Schmidt's mother to pick them up. 

DAY 2 - HOT, DUSTY AND SWEATY

Dr. Schmidt's second day on the mission proved to be hot, dusty and sweaty.  Overall there were approximately 445 patients on the second day, and Dr. Schmidt saw 245 of them herself!   The volunteers, directors and hosts have all been incredibly accommodating and they all look out for one another and take good care of each other.  Whenever someone is caught wilting in the heat, another is there right by his or her side, offering an ice cold drink or some kind of snack.  

How does the mission work and how do they organize all the people to be seen?  Poor people are screened for eligibility and registered indigents are identified by local social services, local churches, and other service organizations to insure that the people are truly in need and eligible for EyeCare WeCare Foundation services.  Each person is registered and recorded, and their medical history is taken as well as their chief vision complaint.  They are assigned a number and seen in order.  

It might be a long wait before they see a doctor, and it can lead to a long day.  But it's that true sense of volunteerism, joining together and doing selfless work to help the betterment of others that brings out the true teamwork in us.  We are so impressed with Dr. Schmidt and her daughter Nina for their perseverance in volunteering in this mission!

Below are photos of Day 2 of the mission:

 The location of Day 2.  Usually the mobile eyecare van will go to different schools, where students from outside schools are also invited to join, as well as any adults who are interested and need eye care.

The location of Day 2.  Usually the mobile eyecare van will go to different schools, where students from outside schools are also invited to join, as well as any adults who are interested and need eye care.

 Selfie in the Mobile Eye Clinic.  Dr. Schmidt and her daughter Nina just getting started for the day.  

Selfie in the Mobile Eye Clinic.  Dr. Schmidt and her daughter Nina just getting started for the day.  

 Where the people line up to get their glasses once they receive their prescription.  Over 40,000 pairs of glasses were donated to this mission alone!

Where the people line up to get their glasses once they receive their prescription.  Over 40,000 pairs of glasses were donated to this mission alone!

 Adults and students waiting to get pretested before seeing the eye doctors. 

Adults and students waiting to get pretested before seeing the eye doctors. 

 This man is disabled due to complications of diabetes.  Since he was unable to climb onto the clinic bus, Dr. Schmidt checked his eyes in the waiting area. 

This man is disabled due to complications of diabetes.  Since he was unable to climb onto the clinic bus, Dr. Schmidt checked his eyes in the waiting area. 

 This 44-year-old man had his eyes checked and was sent out for pterygium removal surgery.  

This 44-year-old man had his eyes checked and was sent out for pterygium removal surgery.  

 

 

 

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!

Happy 11th Anniversary, Acuity Vision Optometry Boutique!

Proudly serving San Francisco and beyond for the past 11 years! I can't imagine a better profession, a better team of opticians and doctors, and a better area to serve. Thank you to all our patrons for your continued support.  Without you, we would not be celebrating Acuity Vision Optometry Boutique's 11th Anniversary this year!

Sincerely,
Lyndi Schmidt, Optometrist and Founder

acuity-11.jpg

ORDER YOUR HALLOWEEN 2015 CONTACTS NOW!

Disguise your eyes this Halloween with these frightfully fun contact lenses and send your friends howling about your costume for months to come! Most designs available in prescription powers 0.00 to -6.00. Deadline to order in time for Halloween is 10/15. Hurry before stock runs out! Before ordering contacts, please print, fill out, and email us this release form.

Kate Spade

We have some gorgeous new Kate Spade frames in stock! Come by and check them out

image.jpg

Discounted frames

Check out our discounted frame section while they're still here!  

image.jpg

CPR saves lives

 

Last Friday our very own Dr. Lyndi Schmidt was presented with an official award from the American Heart Association in front of City Hall, for her life saving knowledge of CPR. 

326,000 people who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest are outside of a hospital when it occurs, and less than 10% of those people survive. Knowing CPR will give these people a fighting chance, and now every high school student in the San Francisco Unified School District will be required to know it before graduating. 

AHA is offering CPR classes around San Francisco - click the link below, learn CPR, and equip yourself with the power to save a life. 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

image.jpg

School is out!

And summer has finally arrived! With this season's arrival, one would be prudent to know that sunglasses are not the only way to protect our eyes. Take a look at this article and stay safe while having fun in the sun!

What does blood pressure have to do with optic health?

Some optometry offices measure patient blood pressure before beginning their appointment; and a lot of patients wonder why they need that at an eye doctor. Read this article from the Vision Service Plan website and find out hypertension and optic health can be directly related.

LASIK

As a full service optometry clinic we offer Lasik and other refractive surgery consultations. Feel free to come in and ask our eye doctors if refractive surgery is right for you. This article might give you some heads up of what to expect! 

Follow us on Instagram!

We've recently joined the Instagram gang, friends! Follow us at @acuityvisionboutique for regular updates about life at Acuity Vision.

Fun at the Lucasfilm Wellness Fair

The wellness fair was such a great success! We made a lot of new friends and taught a ton of people about the dangers of neglecting your eyes. Here are some pictures!  

 #dreamteam

#dreamteam

 Our goodie bags went so quickly!  

Our goodie bags went so quickly!  

 We auctioned off some coveted Acuity Vision sunglasses!  

We auctioned off some coveted Acuity Vision sunglasses!