Trip to Cambodia
I have just returned from Cambodia, where I was doing volunteer work for Sight For All teaching contact lens fitting at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital (KSFH) in Phnom Penh. As with my previous work in Vietnam, my trip to Cambodia would not have been possible without the brilliant work of Sight For All, which has as one of its missions the aim of instilling knowledge and skills to eye health professionals throughout the world.
It was a busy week in which we saw many patients. I was mainly working with an extremely talented young ophthalmologist (Dr Kheng Sok) and I spent the time teaching Kheng and her associates about various types of contact lens fitting, including keratoconic and post-graft fitting, as well as contact lens management of infantile aphakia. Kheng and her team were very quick to pick up on new concepts related to contact lens fitting and they were most eager to learn about all the different aspects of contact lens practice. I loved working with them and hopefully my visit was helpful.
Apart from enjoying the beautiful hot weather – punctuated each day by the late afternoon thunderstorms – I also got to enjoy the local cuisine and do some general sightseeing. Phnom Penh is a wonderful place and hopefully I may be able to go back in the future to do some further teaching at the hospital. Establishing a contact lens clinic at the hospital will take time and patience, however it will be worth it in the long-term as it will provide sight – especially when spectacle correction is not an option – for people who have would otherwise have a very poor level of unaided vision.