Name: Ellen 

Country: Livingstone, Zambia

Occupation: Toddler

 

Meet Ellen Kasongo, a toddler living in Livingstone, in the southern Province of Zambia.

Before Ellen received treatment, her parents were concerned about her vision as her right eye occasionally turned inwards. When Ellen’s parents heard that a Vision Aid Overseas outreach clinic was coming near them in Kalingalinga in March 2017. They travelled 300 miles in the hopes of seeing someone that could correct her right eye.

 

A staggering 640 million people worldwide are disabled simply because they do not have access to an eye test and a pair of prescription glasses. Ninety percent of those affected live in developing countries like Zambia.

 

Vision Aid Overseas delivers outreach services in remote and isolated communities, where basic health care services are scarce, to help reach and bring affordable eye care services and glasses to some of Africa’s most vulnerable and neglected people.

When Ellen was seen by a UK Professional Volunteer, they told her parents that she suffered from a condition called a squint, which is caused by an eye attempting to overcome a vision problem and therefore causes it to turn inwards. If a squint is left untreated, it could lead to further problems such as persistent blurred or double vision and can also cause the child to be embarrassed and develop low self-esteem in their later life.

 
After being given a full eye test, Ellen was prescribed with a pair of glasses to prevent the right eye from turning inwards. Ellen can now use both eyes together and her parents are happy to see their daughter’s vision corrected.

Ellen's parents said:

We hope that Ellen’s story will allow other children to access the great service that Vision Aid Overseas has been able to provide to my daughter.