A number of Lions Clubs in Whitehouse, Canada, have collaborated to donate eye-care equipment valued at J$790,000 to the Lion Pat Simons Eye Clinic, operated by the Lions Club of Kingston, at 30 Beechwood Avenue. The project was coordinated in Canada by Lions Andy Brickner and Mike Rochefort - the latter of whom is the owner of Pacific Ophthalmic in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The donated equipment includes a Frequency Doubling Technology (FDT) machine, which is used for glaucoma screening, as well as a chart projector. This equipment will be put into service at the Lion Pat Simons Eye Clinic next month, following extensive training of the technical staff.
The presentation of the equipment was made recently by Dr Richard Watts, past president of the Alberta Optometric Association of Canada, who was instrumental in making contact with the Lions Clubs in Canada. He has been a volunteer optometrist at the Lion Pat Simons Eye Clinic since 1981, having visited Jamaica initially as part of the Canada Vision Care programme. In fact, since 2009, Dr Watts has volunteered his services at the eye clinic for a total of 61 days, and has treated 1,220 patients.
Having recently retired, he will be volunteering his services for longer periods at the eye clinic.
He will work with local volunteer ophthalmologists Dr.Lisa Leo Rhynie and Dr Patrick Griffiths, as well as optometrists Dr Deidre Hughes, Dr Nonde Nsomi and Dr Hamid Woodham.