Toddler receives treatment through an outreach clinic in Zambia.


Name: Ellen 

Country: Livingstone, Zambia

Occupation: Toddler

 

Meet Ellen, a toddler living near Livingstone, Zambia.

Ellen’s parents were becoming concerned about her vision as her right eye occasionally turned inwards. Thankfully, they heard that a Vision Aid Overseas outreach clinic was coming near them in Kalingalinga in March 2017 and travelled in the hopes of seeing someone that could correct her right eye.

 


A staggering 1.2 billion people worldwide are disabled simply because they do not have access to an eye test and a pair of glasses. 90% of those affected live in developing countries, like Zambia.


As part of our work, we deliver outreach services to remote communities, where basic health care services are scarce, just like Ellen’s. We do this to help reach and bring affordable eye care services and glasses to some of Africa’s most vulnerable and isolated people who cannot afford to travel into the main cities.

Ellen was seen by one of our UK Professional Volunteers who told her parents that she suffered from a condition called a squint. This is caused by an eye attempting to overcome a vision problem and, if left untreated, it can lead to further problems such as persistent blurred or double vision. This can also cause a child to become embarrassed and develop low self-esteem in their later life. 

 

Luckily this is not the case for Ellen as, after receiving a full eye test, she was prescribed with a pair of glasses to prevent her right eye from turning inwards. She is now able to use both eyes together and her parents are very 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.