AN Aubin Grove resident has described as “incredible” the chance to assist eye care students overseas.
Specsavers Success optometrist Nick Cheang worked with the optical chain’s charity partner, The Fred Hollows Foundation, at the Pacific Eye Institute (PEI) in Fiji where he assisted a training program for students studying eye care.
Along with supervising students, Mr Cheang also helped carry out sight tests and distribute glasses to hundreds of locals.
“I pursued a career in optometry knowing that one day I would have the opportunity to embark on outreach trips,” he said.
“During my time at the PEI, it gave me the chance to share my knowledge and wisdom with the students.”
He said the trip had showed how “blessed” Australians were to have access to thorough eye examinations.
“It is my life mission to be able to continue to reach out to the ends of the world to provide quality eye care to anyone and everyone,” he said.
“If I had the opportunity, I would definitely go back. It was an incredible experience.”
Mr Cheang previously travelled to Vanuatu as an optometry student for a similar outreach program.