Mr. Kea, a teacher and Vice Director at O Bek Khaum secondary school in Cambodia, was invited to attend a “School Vision Screening,” conducted by the Brien Holden Vision Institute and funded with support from Optometry Giving Sight.
The screening was being undertaken as part of a comprehensive school eye health program amongst selected schools in the capital city, Phnom Penh.
“I decided to join as I have never been involved in any eye health related workshops and knew very little about eye health,” says Mr. Kea.
He found the training enjoyable and was interested to learn about refractive error, basic eye health, how to test visual acuity (VA) measurement and referral symptoms.
“I use spectacles daily and need them for my teaching career, so I know how important eye health is,” he said.
After the training, Mr Kea received a screening date for their school and with his new found training was able to contribute to the eye screening activity of the students.
“I think our participation and contribution to this task is very important, because even though I have basic screening knowledge, I still feel confident in testing and screening students’ vision,” Mr Kea added with a smile.
“I would like to thank Optometry Giving Sight and the Brien Holden Vision Institute for allowing me this opportunity. I am happy to see a good collaboration between the Institute and Ministry of Education, Municipal Department of Education. I wish to see this screening activity taught and implemented at other schools across the country, and well into the future.”
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