In January 2020, eight LIS volunteers conducted a vision clinic in Uriangato, Mexico. The doctor team was led by Dr. John Demshar and included Drs. Mike Arao and Corina van de Pol. The technician volunteers included Graham Forder, Dolores Cuerva, James Forsel, Dave Green, and Maricela Robles.
The host Lion Club members were extremely welcoming and organized. Their appointment schedules were well run and kept the clinic team on track, allowing the team to examine 1,032 patients.
The clinic team made 235 pairs of glasses for out-of-range prescriptions and referred 20 patients for cataracts, glaucoma and retinal problems.
The Uriangato clinic also included general health screenings. The screenings were conducted by staff members from the local hospital. The equipment and supplies for the health screenings were provided by the Global Initiative for Health and Wellness. Patients were screened for high blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, and blood glucose levels. Patients who were not able to control their conditions through medication or diet were counseled by an on-site nutritionist and doctor. Patients with serious conditions were referred for follow-up.
Urinagato is a small city of 75,000 residents. It is located in the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.