23 April 2015

Goggle Works party wasn't all work

Our Goggle Works party last Friday went well: lots of people turned up to sort and measure glasses and help calibrate a new auto-refractor. Thanks everyone. Is helping people to see better lots of fun? The 'Ayes' have it.

15 April 2015

Goggle Works Party Friday 17 April

From Focus on Malawi – eye care in Ekwendeni and Livingstonia
Join us in Colchester on Friday 17 April at 7:30pm to help prepare glasses and equipment before they are shipped out Malawi. As usual, there are many recently-donated glasses to sort and measure.

We also have an important new piece of equipment to test – an auto-refractor. Purchased with funds generously donated to Focus on Malawi (part of The Raven Trust), this machine is used to do eye tests to determine what glasses patients need. At present, our Malawi staff mainly dispense simple reading glasses for long-sighted people, but with this machine, which virtually automates the testing process, they will be able to test for the full range of optometric needs.

But we need to calibrate the machine before it's sent off, so this is where you can help too. Come along and we'll see whether you need glasses or a change to your existing ones. (NB we'll be providing this as guidance only; you should visit your GP or local optometrist as soon as possible if you think you have an eye problem.)

There'll be plenty of tasty nibbles to keep you going, together with tea, coffee and some wine. Contact Sue for venue details.