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Two members of our board of directors just returned from a 10-day medical mission trip to Thailand and Burma.  Dr. Akira Tajiri and Dr. Dennis Chinn traveled as the Optometric team with a group of Physicians, Dentists, Plastic Surgeons and other assistants from the First Chinese Baptist Church of Fresno.  The Optometric team saw 453 patients, dispensed 482 sets of eyeglasses and gave eye medication to patients who needed it.  It was a very exhausting trip but very fulfilling.

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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Foundation is to provide free prescription eyeglasses that address each eyes’ prescriptive needs to the world’s needy.


HISTORY OF THE FOUNDATION

The Foundation was formed in 2005 by Dr. Akira Tajiri, and Optometrist.  Dr. Tajiri invented a new patented technology that allows for prescription evaluation and fabrication of eyeglasses in any remote area that is accessible by a team of trained volunteers.  He has donated this patented technique to the foundation  to benefit those in need. 

As compared to previous methods involving the use of donated, pre-used, eyeglasses that can seldom provide accurate corrections for both eyes, the Tajiri Frame and Lens System is superior.  Accurate prescription lenses that correct each eye for distance or reading, with a serviceable, attractive, well fitting frame can be provided in a matter of minutes.  Additionally, all materials are new and are custom fit to the individual patient.

Precise Vision Enhancement, a nonprofit foundation, was created as a mechanism to raise funds to provide corrective lenses to people who do not have access to eye care, either because services are unavailable, or because they cannot afford them.  The frames and lenses provided to the patients cost the foundation approximately $6.00 per pair.

A secondary goal of the foundation is to teach eye doctors, whether optometrists or ophthalmologists, to detect and correct for a hidden eye muscle problem called HYPERPHORIA.  This is a condition where one eye tends to be higher than the other.  Hyperphoria often causes dizziness, neck and shoulder tightness and headaches.  It affects reading speed as well as comprehension.  It is a very common problem that eye doctors routinely miss.  The normal, automatic compensation the patient makes is to tilt the head.  Hyperphoria is corrected with a prism which is incorporated in glasses or contact lenses.  Dr. Tajiri has successfully corrected thousands of patients who often say “Why didn’t all my previous eye doctors detect and correct for Hyperphoria?”