Addressing vision problems and other eye care needs of the residents of Collique has been an important aspect of OSA’s ministry. Starting in 2005, a Doctor of Optometry has been part of the OSA medical/dental campaigns, and we hope to have an ophthalmologist “on-board” soon. Through 2006, approximately 3000 pairs of eyeglasses have been donated to OSA by organizations and individuals. Many of these have been taken to Collique for distribution to those in need. As an example of the international support for this ministry, more than 350 pairs of glasses have been donated by friends of OSA through churches in Kirriemuir, Scotland. Also, approximately 2000 pairs of eyeglasses have been donated to OSA through the efforts of the Westbury Lions Club in Houston, Texas. Many of these eyeglasses will be distributed to vision impaired people in Peru through the “Vea y Lea” literacy program sponsored by the Peruvian Ministry of Education.
Vision problems are widespread among children living in poverty. OSA has a critical need for children’s eyeglasses since these sizes are less common. The “contact us” link can be used to let OSA know about used but serviceable eyeglasses that you may wish to donate.