Sir Edmund Hillary was my childhood hero as a kid growing up in New Zealand. He dedicated his life to improving the welfare of the Sherpa people whose selfless nature have saved many climbers. In February 2013 I visited the hospital he built in Khunde – the heart of the Sargamatha (Mt Everest) National Park. Hospital director Dr Kamitemba Sherpa explained to me the problem of uncorrected refractive error in the village especially with the children at school. I quickly discovered that the hospital did not have the expertise or facilities to address this so returned to Australia to form Eyes4Everest.
In 2014, CR Surfacing Australian Lens Company, Adidas Eyewear and the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists kindly provided for our equipment and educational material. Our first team of three optometrists examined over 150 patients mostly children over two and a half day in late September. There were many more waiting to be examined but we had run out of time and resources. Nevertheless we were happy that 36 patients received spectacle correction.
Our principle purpose is to establish the first Eye Clinic to provide primary eye care in the Sargamatha (Mt Everest) National Park of Nepal. In furtherance of the principle purposes, the objects of the Associations are to:
WHAT STARTED IT ALL
WHAT STARTED IT ALL
In February 2013, I was returning from a failed attempt of Gokyo Ri – one of the famous walks at the Sargamatha (Everest) National Park. That was when I came across the Khunde Hillary Hospital built by no other than my childhood hero – Sir Edmund Hillary.
The Khunde Hospital at 3840m has two doctors and three nurses catering for the 8000 Sherpas that live in that region. Senior doctor Dr Kami Sherpa explained to me the problem of uncorrected refractive error in the village especially with the children at school. This was something I heard many times before but was only becoming surprisingly real since I touched down in Nepal.
In the storage room were bags of donated glasses, an old trial lens set with half the lenses missing and a donated Nikon vertometer that was untouched because no one had trained the staff how to use it. By that afternoon, we had sorted through the trial lenses and were beginning to label the donated glasses. It was a very exciting and gratifying moment for all especially when one doctor found himself to be a -1.75DS myope.
As an optometrist, I am very grateful that my skills contributed to a good cause in Nepal but the work is only half done. The Khunde Hospital is still lacking basic equipment and training to address the problem of uncorrected refractive error in the region.
When I returned to Australia, I spoke to various organisations about my plans and formed a small team of 3 optometrists and 1 pharmacist conveniently named ‘Eyes4Everest’.
Eyes4Everest is kindly sponsored by CRS Lens Surfacing – an Australian Lens Manufacturing Company in line with helping children with visual needs. We are also sponsored by the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO) of which I am a member as well as Adidas Eyewear.
Our first trip in late September 2014 was aimed at building the foundation blocks of an Eye clinic facility, teaching vision screening to the hospital staff so they can become familiar with the basic concepts of primary eye healthcare and performing eye testing on the local Sherpa children population.
For those who failed the vision screening, we performed comprehensive eye examination. The data and subsequent report from this trip will help us prepare the second trip without any wastage of human and material resource and help the hospital with funding.
I should mention that this is the first report of the Sherpa population. It is surprising that very little have being done to look after the eyes of the Sherpa whose selfless nature have saved many people from the mountains. This is the least we can do.
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Founder of Eyes4Everest
आइजफोरएभरेस्ट (Eyes4Everest) खुम्जुंग क्षेत्रमा आँखा स्वास्थ्य जांचका साथसाथै खुन्दे हिलारी अस्पतालमा आँखा क्लिनिक खोल्नका निम्ति समर्पित एक संस्था हो | हामीले यस भेगमा बसोबास गर्ने बालबच्चाहरुको आँखारोग तथा दृष्टि समस्याहरुको पहिचानको लागि निशुल्क आँखा तथा दृष्टि जांच गर्न गईरहेका छौ |
हाम्रा बालबच्चाहरुले ७५ प्रतिशत ज्ञानका कुराहरु देखेर अर्थात् राम्रो दृष्टि भएमा सिक्न सक्दछन | त्यसैले जतिसक्दो चाडो बालबच्चाहरुको दृष्टि शक्तिको पहिचान हुन आवश्यक छ | साथै बालबच्चाहरुको दृष्टिको पूर्ण विकासमा असर पुग्न नपाउदै तपाईले तपाईका बालबच्चाहरुको आँखा तथा दृष्टिको उपचार गराउन आवश्यक छ |
यस खुन्दे हिलारी अस्पतालमा हामी तपाईका बालबच्चाहरुको आँखा तथा दृष्टिको जांच गर्ने छौ | यदि तपाईका बालबच्चाहरुलाई चस्मा लगाउन आवश्यक भएमा हामीले उपयूक्त पावरको चस्माको पूर्जा उपलब्ध गराउने छौ जुन यस अस्पतालको एकजना डाक्टरले काठमाडौँ लिएर गई सोहिअनुसारको पावरको चस्मा बनाएर तपाईहरुलाई दिनु हुने छ | यदि तपाईका बालबच्चाहरुलाई कुनै आँखा सम्बन्धि रोग लागेको छ भने हामी तपाईहरुलाई एउटा पूर्जा दिई आवश्यक उपचारको लागि कंहा र कहिले संचालन हुने आँखा शिविरमा वा आँखा विशेषज्ञकोमा जाने भनेर जानकारी गराउने छौ |
तपाई आज आफ्ना बालबच्चाहरुको आँखा उपचारको लागि यस अस्पतालमा उपस्थित हुनु भएकोमा धन्यबाद दिन चाहन्छौ | यो उपस्थितिले तपाईको बालबच्चाहरुमा देखेर सिक्नसक्ने शक्ति अर्थात् राम्रो दृष्टि पूर्णरुपमा भए नभएको पत्ता लगाउन मद्दत गर्ने छ | यसबाहेक तपाईहरुको आजको उपस्थितिले हामीलाई यस भेगमा आँखा तथा दृष्टि सम्बन्धि रोगहरुको समस्या कुन अवस्थामा छ भन्ने बुझ्न मद्दत गर्ने छ र हाम्रो संस्था आइजफोरएभरेस्ट (Eyes4Everest) लाई पूर्ण तयारीका साथ फेरि अर्कोपटक आउन सहयोग तथा प्रेरणा मिल्ने छ भन्ने विश्वास लिएका छौ | यहाहरुको सहयोगको लागि फेरि एक पटक धन्यबाद |
संस्थापक, आइजफोरएभरेस्ट (Eyes4Everest)