Dr. Packer has made a personal pledge to participate in a medical mission trip every year. Without the support and patronage of our amazing patients he would not be able to be involved in these trips. We cannot thank you enough for allowing us to help others who are less fortunate than us.
DR. PACKER AND LONE STAR EYE ARE DEDICATED TO PROVIDING EYECARE TO THOSE IN NEED LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY. DR. PACKER HAS participated in numerous programs for underprivileged families in the austin area for years. More recently he has MADE A commitment to donate his services to families in need in less fortunate areas of the world through the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) organization. Check out the information below for more details on the people who he has helped thus far.
"We all should have the same opportunities."
Last year was so great and efficient at the rotary club in Cuenca, Ecuador that we just had to go back again! This year we treated over 2,000 patients in 4.5 clinic days. Needless to say we were exhausted by the end of it all! a lot of people who never had access to eye care before were helped and it’s always an amazing feeling to see the joy on people’s faces when they can see clearly for the first time. Met an amazing guy named Bhav who was basically Macgyver with glasses. The Rotary club took excellent care of us as always. Found the largest Avocado on the planet (see picture to the right). We also had the pleasure of treating a lot of kids from various schools in the region and the school for the mentally challenged. Overall it was a wonderful experience and I feel so lucky to be able to help others with my profession.
If you haven’t had the chance to visit Cuenca, Ecuador I highly recommend it. The weather is perfect, the people are lovely and the food is amazing.
Thank you for supporting Lone Star eye! Your support allows me to be able to do this every year and I appreciate you so much.
This year I sponsored 3 doctor’s travel expenses to participate in my medical mission trip to ecuador. Each of these doctors previously worked at lone star eye when they were students at the university of texas. as a graduation present I decided to take them on a medical mission trip to hopefully encourage them to continue this sort of charitable work in the future. we treated patients in two cities, Guayaquil and Cuenca. over 3,400 patients in 10 clinical days. Met some great students and an really great optometrist from australia named Z! This trip was also special because a dear friend of mine’s mother joined me in volunteering, which she had no experience with before. She was a natural and I am so happy that you came with us Susan!
I'd like to share a quick story involving The man in the very first picture. he is 52 years old and has never had prescription eyewear in his life. the rotary club volunteers thought he was blind. He even thought he was blind. after examination, I determined that there was no evidence of cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration. upon further review, I found that he had a huge myopic prescription and thus only needed glasses to cure his blindness. After a little digging I found glasses that were close to his prescription. unfortunately this man spent the majority of his 50 years of life barely being able to see and now he’s able to see the world clearly. It was quite a touching moment. He was so overwhelmed that he was literally speechless. It was one of the proudest moments of my life.
stories like these are the reason that I am committed to donating professional services every year to people in need of help. something as simple as a pair of glasses (which we have extremely easy access to) can change someone's life in other countries.
Thank you for your patronage at our practice and know that your money is being used to improve the quality of life of others.
TSBVI, Austin, tx 2016
This year I was supposed to go to colombia on a trip but unfortunately the local rotary club there Cancelled the trip unexpectedly. In lieu of this I decided to spend the year volunteering in the physical education class at the Texas School for the blind and visually impaired (TSBVI). Every week I assisted with students in various activities including bowling, weightlifting and even a mini-triathlon. My supervisor at the school was an incredible man who despite his severe vision loss had completed an ironman race. inspirational is an understatement.
Lima, Peru 2015
This year I ventured south to Peru to volunteer with the canadian humanitarian group Voluntarios de Santa Cruz. In total there were 3 doctors and numerous optometry students from all over the world. There were even 4 students who traveled from France to be involved in trip! With the help of some local translators, the group was able to treat 2,854 patients in a span of 8 clinic days. Many of these patients had been living with severe vision loss and received glasses for the first time. The peruvian people could not have been more grateful and kind. Each morning we had around 500+ people waiting at the school where we performed the exams.
In the gymnasium where we stored all the glasses there was a sign up on the wall that said “Todos debemos tener las mismas oportunidades” (We all must have the same opportunities). I thought this was very fitting given that the purpose of our trip was to try to give the same availability of care to people who unfortunately aren’t able to access it. Always grateful for your support of Lone Star eye.
This medical mission trip was in the mountain town of Cuenca, Ecuador. With support from the local rotary club, Dr. Packer and the canadian optometric volunteering grouP (voluntarios de santa cruz) treated 1400 patients in 4 clinic days. The need in this area was astounding. The geographic location of the city makes it more challenging for residents to find healthcare services, especially eye care. The line was evident of this everyday as it wrapped around our entire building. It was such a pleasure to be able to work with such a great group of volunteers to tackle the large group of people in need.
This was dr. Packer's first trip with the voluntarios de santa cruz. The patients that we treated for this medical mission were from ecuador's largest city, Guayaquil. the clinic was set up in an unfinished hospital in the favelas outside of the city. AS A WHOLE THE GROUP PROVIDED OCULAR CARE TO OVER 1500 PATIENTS IN 4 CLINIC DAYS. Every morning there were 500+ lovely people waiting patiently to be treated by our team of doctors. It was quite an experience and I’m so happy I got to spend it with my colleague and friend Dr. Jacob West.
Lone Star Eye collects and donates your unwanted glasses to the Austin Lion's Club who then distribute them to people in need
DR. PACKER HAS VOLUNTEERED WITH THE ESSILOR VISION FOUNDATION WHICH PROVIDES FREE VISION TESTING AT SCHOOLS AND BOOK FAIRS AROUND THE COUNTRY
Dr. Packer annually donates money to provide braille textbooks to students through the Austin Council of the blind