National Eye Exam Month

August 3, 2023

In 1805, the first hospital dedicated to the practice of ophthalmics opens in London. It still exists! In 1851, Hermann von Helmholtz invented the ophthalmoscope, an instrument for inspecting the retina and other parts of the eye. In August Children's Surgical Centre observes National Eye Exam Month by learning about ways to keep your vision clear and healthy. As we age, getting a baseline eye exam can detect early signs of disease or damage to your eyes. Ophthalmologists recommend periodic eye exams every 2-4 years from the ages of 40 to 65, and every 1-2 years after the age of 65. While most symptoms are often disregarded, getting a simple checkup and following a doctor’s orders can greatly lower risks of more severe and future damage, and you can continue to enjoy healthy vision.


If you reside in Cambodia and are aware of someone who is experiencing vision problems but lacks the financial resources to pay for eye care, kindly consider visiting CSC. Our Eye Team did over 11,000 consultations and over 1200 surgeries for grateful patients in 2022. Or consider a donation specifically to help our Eye Team - direct patient care support, equipment, and medication to improve access to high-quality eye care, or support our Khmer doctors' education as they learn the latest micro-surgical techniques.  Even a $25/monthly donation can make a difference in the life of a vision-impaired rural Cambodian.

Author: Ellen Interlandi

Ellen, a registered nurse, and her husband Brian, an anesthesiologist, have been active volunteers at CSC since 2008. Ellen has undergraduate degrees in both Nursing and Spanish Literature, and a graduate degree in Health Management. Since 2020, Ellen has volunteered in the role of Stakeholder Relations, connecting with our generous supporters, interacting with visiting surgeons and students, and disseminating updates on Children's Surgical Centre.

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