Optometry on the Chathams

In May Sally headed across to the Chatham Islands to check the eyes of a batch of new sailors. For the second time, Mahurangi Technical Institute (MTI) ran their training program on the Chathams for this isolated group. MTI runs courses from introductory level through to enabling someone to skipper ocean-going super yachts up to 24m long. Part of the requirement is good vision and that is why Sally went across too. She tested 14 students on the course, making sure their vision was seaworthy. During her visit she also saw a number of local people, making their eye care easier than a 3 hour flight across. As a visiting optometrist Sally worked from the local hospital and health centre.