• PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Capt. Haarwn Amin examines a patient during a medical outreach mission at the Gardez City Orphanage compound, April 26. Many patients were given glasses that came from Lions Clubs International, who donated approximately 1,200 pairs. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

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    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Capt. Haarwn Amin examines a patient during a medical outreach mission at the Gardez City Orphanage compound, April 26. Many patients were given glasses that came from Lions Clubs International, who...

  • PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Capt. Haarwn Amin examines a patient's eyes during a medical outreach mission at the Gardez City Orphanage compound, April 26. "Now I can see the people walking around me and find my way around at night," exclaimed one Afghan man who received a pair of glasses. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

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    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Capt. Haarwn Amin examines a patient's eyes during a medical outreach mission at the Gardez City Orphanage compound, April 26. "Now I can see the people walking around me and find my way around at...

  • PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Capt. Haarwn Amin give an eye exam during a medical outreach mission at the Gardez City Orphanage compound, April 26. Some of the children would be blind without glasses said U.S. Army Capt. Benjamin Uhl, optometrist from Sioux City, Iowa, with the 591st Medical Logistics Unit and.  (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)"

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    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Capt. Haarwn Amin give an eye exam during a medical outreach mission at the Gardez City Orphanage compound, April 26. Some of the children would be blind without glasses said U.S. Army Capt. Benjamin...

  • PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Capt. Haarwen Amin tests a patient's vision during a medical outreach mission at the Gardez City orphanage compound April 26. Myopia, hyperopia, allergies, dryness and cataracts were the most common eye problems patients were diagnosed with. (Photo by US Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team public affairs)"

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    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Capt. Haarwen Amin tests a patient's vision during a medical outreach mission at the Gardez City orphanage compound April 26. Myopia, hyperopia, allergies, dryness and cataracts were the most common...

  • PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Capt. Haarwn Amin conducts an eye exam during a medical outreach mission at the Gardez City Orphanage compound, April 26. Doctors processed 77 orphans and local Afghans at no cost to the patients. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)"

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    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Capt. Haarwn Amin conducts an eye exam during a medical outreach mission at the Gardez City Orphanage compound, April 26. Doctors processed 77 orphans and local Afghans at no cost to the patients...

  • PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -  Afghan National Army Capt. Haarwn Amin examines a patient during a medical outreach mission at the Gardez City Orphanage compound, April 26.  ANA medical personnel, in conjunction with their coalition forces partners, diagnosed and treated a wide variety of eye problems at the orphanage. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Barry Loo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)"

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    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Capt. Haarwn Amin examines a patient during a medical outreach mission at the Gardez City Orphanage compound, April 26. ANA medical personnel, in conjunction with their coalition forces partners...

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army medical personnel, in conjunction with their coalition forces partners, diagnosed and treated a wide variety of eye problems at the Gardez City Orphanage compound, April 26.

Doctors processed 77 orphans and local Afghans at no cost to the patients.

ANA Capt. Haarwn Amin, an optometrist, said that he was proud to improve the lives and help the people he treated.

According to Universes-in-Universe.com, an estimated 1.6 million orphans live in Afghanistan.

The orphanage in Gardez houses 100-200 children who have lost at least one parent.

Some of the children would be blind without glasses said U.S. Army Capt. Benjamin Uhl, an optometrist from Sioux City, Iowa, with the 591st Medical Logistics Unit.

"Now I can see the people walking around me and find my way around at night," said one Afghan man who received a new pair of glasses.

The glasses came from Lions Clubs International, who donated approximately 1,200 pairs.

In addition to optometry, Afghans also had booths set up for dentistry, primary care and drug distribution.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Donna Laulo, Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team physician assistant from Puyalup, Wash., said medical outreach missions like this help Afghan soldiers provide medical care without reliance on coalition forces.

She added that the ANA is increasing their capacity to treat local patients and more patients are going to Afghan, rather than U.S., medical facilities.
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