A project run by the Australia-based Brien Holden Vision Institute benefited thousands of people in the Tan Thanh and Chau Duc districts of southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province.

During the second phase of the project, implemented in the two districts from July 2014-June 2015, two optical clinics were established to provide refractive index measurement for more than 1,200 locals. They also cooperated with other eye centres to offer free eye exams to nearly 4,000 others and minor surgeries to over 300 patients.

Approximately 18,500 students at local primary and secondary schools received eye exams.

Moreover, the project also helped improve the capacity of medical staff in the districts.

In the first phase, carried out in Xuyen Moc and Dat Do districts, more than 20 ophthalmologists and technicians and over 300 local medical staff received intensive training.

The project also provided eye exams for some 40,000 students at 56 secondary schools and presented 4,000 pairs of glasses to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Three optical clinics were established in the districts and have since offered services to more than 15,000 people.-VNA