María Villaplana, Marta Martínez, Andrés Francés and Pau Segura, who are studying the master's degree in Advanced Optometry and Vision Sciences and who graduated in Optics and Optometry at the Universitat de València, took part in a Cooperation programme in the Dominican Republic this March. The Visual Health project has allowed them to check almost 600 children and adults during their stay and distribute almost 300 glasses to help solve the visual disability associated with the effects of refraction.
This project of visual health is developed, with the Universitat, since the beginning of this century in the centre Jesús Peregrino de las Hermanas de San Carlos de Borromeo in San Pedro de Macorís and since this year in the centre of the Hermanas de San Vicente Paul in the Port, Los Llanos.
On the other hand, during the month of February, three professors from the Universitat, Rosario Martínez, Consuelo Royo and Maria Rosario Fons have participated for three weeks in an operation also in the Dominican Republic. This was centred on attending to the poorest Haitian and Dominican population in the area of San Pedro de Macorís. Thus, the experts provided surgical, medical and optometric services in the field of visual health.
The three professors teach in their own degree University Expert of Eye and Visual Care in Developing Countries. The professors were accompanied by the clinical assistant María Nieves Martínez, and the logistician Javier Martínez.
The operation was carried out in the Optometric, Ophthalmological and Optical Care Centre that the congregation of the Scalabrinian Sisters have in San Pedro de Macorís (Dominican Republic).