In October 2011, Lake Placid resident and Eye Care for the Adirondacks employee Andrea Hudak joined 22 other volunteers and traveled to Jamaica to help with a free eye care clinic sponsored by Great Shape Inc.
During the five day clinic, Hudak and others examined more than 1,300 people and dispensed more than 2,000 pairs of glasses.
Given the limited amount of ophthalmologists and optometrists in Jamaica, there are a limited number of people capable of providing basic eye care or performing surgeries. Additionally, most Jamaicans cannot afford to visit an eye doctor or get a pair of glasses. For example, the wait for cataract surgery in the Montego Bay area, where the clinic was located, is 18 months.
Lake Placid resident and Eye Care for the Adirondacks employee Andrea Hudak is pictured in Jamaica where she and 22 other volunteers provided a free eye care clinic.
From over-the-counter reading glasses to used sunglasses to donated prescription glasses, the clinic was able to provide adequate eye care to every patron, many of whom were schoolchildren.
All of the glasses were donated by the Lions Club recycling program. Twelve thousand pairs of glasses were shipped to Jamaica prior to the clinic. This was Great Shape's third trip to Jamaica for the eye care program. In addition to providing eye care, Great Shape Inc. also provides volunteers to help underprivileged Jamaicans receive free dental care and literacy instruction.
Hudak plans on returning for a second trip in the fall of 2012.