Glendora Rotary Focometer Project

Over the weekend of September 6th through 8th, seven members of Glendora Rotary Club and one member of Azusa Rotary Club traveled to Rosarito Mexico to meet with ten members of the Rosarito La Mision Rotary Club for our latest, greatest Focometer trip.

The Focometer is a hand-held, electricity-free autorefractor that measures vision. The Focometer accurately assesses nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This machine allows those who have been trained to use it to determine vision needs in children and adults. Rotarians then custom-make a pair of eyeglasses fitting the prescription and give them to those who need them. Glendora Rotary Video on the Focometer in English and Spanish. Done by Glendora High School Students

On this trip we traveled to work with the Kamiai community – the oldest native community in Baja Mexico. Travelling through the beautiful wine country of the Guadalupe Valley, we continued on unpaved roads for another hour into the foothill area to reach the Kamiai people.

It was a productive day – fitting children and adults with life changing eyeglasses, and distributing non-prescription sunglasses and readers. One member of the La Mision club even made a “house call” to a very elderly man and helped him see his children and grandchildren with glasses. All Rotarians involved were impacted by this great day. Glendora Rotary has worked with the Focometer locally and in Mexico for 18 years.

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Article by: Sheila Gutierrez, Glendora Rotarian