Students travel to India to train at one of the world's leading eye hospital and use their skills to help villagers.
Twenty trail blazers flew to Hyderabad, India for their overseas attachment at one of world's leading eye hospital recently as part of an exchange programme - the first for Singapore Polytechnic's Optometry students.
During their week-long stint at the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), the SP students had the opportunity to train on highly sophisticated equipment - normally the preserve of specialists.
Their learning experience included encounters with unfamiliar eye diseases and seeing first-hand how acrylic eyes were made. The students also benefited from the exposure to a different culture and educational system.
Continuing the community service spirit of their seniors, the SP team spent a week in rural villages providing vision screening to 900 villagers. They also distributed 400 pairs of recycled spectacles.
Lim Hui Ying, a third year Optometry student has this to say about her eventful attachment: "This was an eye opening journey, as we gained a lot of new knowledge and experiences. We also get to witness many rare cases of eye diseases."