Blondins lead successful mission to Nicaragua
Optometrist Matthew Blondin of Litchfield with two of the younger patients he saw during the mission trip to Nicaragua. Contribued photos
Volunteer Optometrist Services to Humanity of Connecticut, led by optometrist Matthew Blondin of Litchfield and his wife, Audrey, conducted a successful mission in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, this winter.
The mission was the 17th annual for VOSH. Connecticut optometrists joining the Blondins included Dr. Brian Lynch, Dr. Robert Mingrone, Dr. Thomas Marguis and Dr. David Palozej.
The doctors were assisted by 40 optometry students. In addition to the doctors and students, there were 25 volunteers and 60 local volunteers helping in the examination rooms, the dispensary, and with translating. Torrington residents Jennifer Liviganay and Jennifer Borja were among the volunteers as were Kevin Creed of Litchfield, his daughter, Colleen Mangum, and granddaughters, Kaylie and Paxton Buck.
The four-day mission served 4,688 patients from southern and central Nicaragua. Patients received free eye exams and other eye care services along with eye glasses and sunglasses and medicine for eye diseases including dry eye and glaucoma.
True Value Hardware of Litchfield again donated nail bags used to hold and dispense eyeglasses and sunglasses. Monetary donations were received from both the Harwinton and Litchfield Lions Clubs.
Mission costs exceed $15,000. To support the January 2019 mission, tax-deductible donations can be sent to VOSH-CT, P.O. Box 448, Torrington 06790.
Matthew Blondin examines a patient. Below, Audrey Blondin with a fellow volunteer.