Guinea pigs wanted: free eye tests with our new autorefractor!

As reported in the last post, we’ve been donated an autorefractor by Colchester Trinity Rotary to install in one of the clinics we support in Malawi. This machine automatically tests eyes for problems beyond simple longsightedness.

On Friday 23 February, we’ll fire it up, check it and calibrate it by, among other things, testing a few people against the glasses they’re wearing. We’ll also do some ordinary eye tests on anyone who’d like one (no substitute, though, for going to the optometrist or GP if you have sight problems!).

There will be a bit of Goggle Working too, plus the usual tasty refreshments to keep you going. So, guinea pigs wanted! Starting 19:30 in Colchester, call 01206 622712 for venue details.

Guinea pig with specs


January Goggle Works report

We had a busy and productive evening on Friday 12th. Thank you to all who came. We boxed up 643 pairs of glasses, all beautifully bagged by the packing teams. Not all those specs were measured on Friday, as many more were made ready thanks to the stalwart team of Caroline, Jill and Emma, who have been sorting and measuring glasses at home in between the Goggle Works evenings.

In addition, there were boxes of cases, sunglasses, low vision aids (magnifiers etc) and text medical books. We sent 16 boxes altogether, and all these have now safely arrived in Scotland, and are waiting go be loaded onto a container organised by our dentist friends Smileawi.

Goggle Works team give a wave

We also celebrated the arrival of a new autorefractor, which has been kindly donated by Colchester Trinity Rotary. We’ll be saying more about this brilliant gift in due course. Here are Alistair Keeble (Colchester Trinity) and his wife Jackie with the autorefractor.

The autorefractor arrives

Goggle Works this Friday 12 January

Many complex factors contribute to poverty, but one simple contribution to fighting it is to help people to see better, so they can study and work. In fact, worldwide, half of all sight problems can be solved by using glasses to aid reading and close work. So join us on Friday 12 January in Colchester to help prepare another batch of secondhand glasses to send to our mission partners in Malawi. Starts 19:30 and there’ll be plenty of refreshments to keep you going. For more details, phone 01206 622712.

Goggle Works

Dr Lyn Dowds visiting Colchester 6 December

On Wednesday 6 December at 19:30, Dr Lyn Dowds, chief medical officer at the David Gordon Memorial Hospital, Livingstonia, will be visiting Colchester. She’ll be meeting the Goggle Works crowd to give an update on progress at the hospital and let us know what the needs are likely to be in the future. If you’re in or around Colchester, do join us for this Goggle Works Party (without the work). Contact Sue Kevan for more details and venue info.

Livingstonia update

Embangweni clinic opens

The latest eye clinic is now open, and it’s at Embangweni. In June, a room was made available, as well as trainee staff. Following redecoration of the room, the setting up of equipment and supplies of glasses, some training of the staff, they were ready to start testing patients for dispensing reading glasses.

Here’s a short video telling the story of the preparations:

Since then we’ve made another training visit and we’re also sponsoring clinical training for 2018 and onwards.

For more news, go to our eye care blog Focus on Malawi