Special Olympics China and Special Olympics East Asia offered Opening Eyes screening for the athletes in communities in Xining and Chengdu, two cities in western China 26 October to 2 November, 2011. Dr. Paul Berman, Global Clinical Advisor and founder of Opening Eyes, and Chinese Clinical Directors trained 35 clinical and non-clinical volunteers to perform the eye screenings. Approximately 200 athletes from Xining and Chengdu received eye exams, thanks in part to the generous support from Lions Club International.
Made possible due to a generous grant from the Lions Clubs International Foundation, these events mark the launch of a pilot project for offering Healthy Athletes programming in thousands of Sunshine Homes throughout China with clinical leadership provided by Wenzhou Medical College, as well as the Chinese Disabled Persons Federation. As with other Opening Eyes events, these screenings were also supported by global sponsors Essilor International and Safilo.
This project will facilitate the recruitment of volunteer vision care specialists. Sunshine Homes are schools and sheltered workshops specifically for persons with disabilities in China, and were created by the Chinese Central Government as a legacy piece to the implementation of the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai.