The Glendora Rotary Focometer Project began over eleven years ago when the Glendora Rotary President, at the time, attended a Rotary International Conference in Texas and visited the booth set up to demonstrate the Focometer developed by Dr. Ian Berger.
Dr. Berger originally developed the hand held device for NASA and then expanded the use to other organizations. The Focometer’s reliability and validity is excellent and requires no electricity. It can diagnose singular vision needs but does not detect ocular disease or damage.
Our Glendora Rotary technicians were trained at the University of Houston School of Optometry and began going into Mexico in 2002 to fit the children of Tijuana for glasses where they would help up to 150 children per day. We have a trip to Mexico planned for Spring of 2015 along with Rotary District 5300 as part of their Super Build Project.
Several years ago our Glendora Rotary expanded our Focometer Project and began serving the seniors of the Glendora area. Most seniors will walk out of the La Fetra Center, after their appointment, with free glasses in hand. There is absolutely no cost for the exam or the glasses.
We typically help up to twelve seniors per day on the third Saturday of the month, bi-monthly, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. by partnering with the La Fetra Senior Center at 333 E. Foothill Blvd. in Glendora. We will next be serving our seniors in the months of March and May. We are dark during the Summer months and will resume our service in September. To schedule an appointment you may call the La Fetra Senior Center at (626) 914-8235 and check to see if you qualify for this program.
Another example of “Service Above Self.”