Local Optometrist Heads to Panama to Give Back

Clay Center, KS-

Dr. Stoppel & Brown Optometrists office were a part of a mission trip that took place in Panama Last week which saw over 1783 patients.

Jamie McDonald, the office manager in Clay Center at Dr. Stoppel & Brown Optometry, said that her and another staff member, Afton Michaud, headed down to Panama with the Volunteer Optometrist Services to Humanity Kansas group, which had a total of  5 doctors and 10 staff members.

The group saw nearly 1800 patients that Monday through Friday checking their vision and dispensing glasses that were donated back to optometrists offices, the lions club, and to rotaries.

According to McDonald, the VOSH Kansas group has always gone to Panama and this is the 15th year they have attended. McDonald joined the group three years ago and this was Michaud’s first year going.

For those that needed more in-depth eye care, McDonald says that they flagged the file and passed the file to the Rotary group so they could reach out in getting them the care they needed.

If you’d like to assist with this cause, McDonald said the easiest way would be to donate back.

The next trip the VOSH Kansas group will make will be in two years.


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