Did you know 95% of blindness is treatable and preventable?
It's easy to take the access of eyecare and good vision for granted, but we believe it should be a basic human right. That's why Bailey Nelson's Eyecare Director Robyn, is trekking from Lukla to Everest Base Camp alongside a group of passionate volunteers to provide eyecare to remote communities.
Robyn is marking World Sight Day by bringing optical expertise and eyecare to Himalayan villages. Have a look through her photos below. We'll be updating this travel diary each week so stay up to date with Robyn's journey!
We dedicate today’s clinic in honour of World Sight Day and raising awareness for the basic human right of access to good vision, regardless of geographic location. Today we tested at Portse (altitude 3810m), an authentic Sherpa village off the main trekking route. We met many Sherpas that have summited Everest several times, including Ang Dawa Sherpa, who assisted Sir Edmund Hillary on several occasions. The highlight of the day was watching our Sherpa guides transform into translators and take over some of the testing, often doing a better job than the optoms themselves. Locals continued to assist each other and we all had a good laugh at the miscommunication along the way. Another rewarding day! - Robyn