Say no to poor vision Say goodbye to blurry vision Improve vision care

Feb 18.2023 | Medical Care in Remote Areas

Located on the northern coast in New Taipei City nowhere near the city or the mountains, Sanzhi Junior High School has about 400 students who were having increasing classes moved online due to the pandemic and spending an excessive amount of time using 3C products during summer/winter holidays leading to the rise of poor vision. As there is no local ophthalmologist, parents have to take their kids to Danshui for treatment. The parents were put off by the 2~3 travel hours per visit plus repeated visits.

To help students create a vision-friendly environment, improve learning ability and allow students with poor vision to receive early diagnosis and early treatment, Chang Yung-Fa Charity Foundation worked with Chang Gung Memorial Hospital's Dr. Sun Qi-Qin with long-term dedication to serving remote rural areas and arranged for him and his professional team ophthalmologists to conduct voluntary clinic services in Sanzhi Junior High School including vision screening and correction and getting the students eye prescription so that they can receive timely treatment, besides showing them the correct way of how to use one’s eyes.

Chang Yung-Fa Charity Foundation chairman Wu Jing-Ming also arrived on the site of voluntary clinic services, checking on these students as they went through the complete procedure of testing for optometry, intraocular pressure and getting mydriatics before being examined by the doctor. Chairman Wu said that this ophthalmology clinic service means a lot as it could help with children’s healthy development and ensure healthy vision. Sanzhi Junior High School principal Huang Zhong-Liang expressed gratitude for Chang Yung-Fa Charity Foundation and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital as these kids were in dire need for vision treatment and most of their parents were too occupied by work. “We are very lucky to have medical resources right on the campus, a great help for children’s vision improvement.” Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Dr. Sun Qi-Qin said that because of the transportation, family and economic factors, children in remote rural areas often lack further examinations and treatment in hospitals even if their vision problems are identified. If they cannot come to hospital, we will go to them to prevent them suffering from blurry vision. “It is the best reward ever to see them break into a smile once they get a clear vision after receiving treatment and wearing glasses with the correct prescription.”