Medical Humanitarian Aid: EuroEyes Surgeons Treat Patients in the Dominican Republic

To help while others enjoy their holiday!

To help while others enjoy their holiday! "This was the objective of the nine-man EuroEyes team in the Dominican Republic. From 30 March to 9 April 2012 three of EuroEyes' eye surgeons, three of our nurses, and three of our refractive coordinators went to La Romana at the southern shores of the island state. In cooperation with the Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International, a nonprofit humanitarian aid program for blind and visually impaired people, the team established an ophthalmic surgery center in the local hospital El Buen Samaritano.

 

Help in the Fight Against Cataract

Approximately 130 patients in El Buen Samaritano were waiting for an eye surgical eye procedure. Many of the patients were suffering from cataracts. While ophthalmology has made tremendous progress in the western industrialized countries in recent decades, eye diseases like cataracts are left untreated in many developing countries and lead to blindness," explains Dr. Jørn Slot Jørgensen, medical director of EuroEyes. "In the few hospitals in the developing countries that treat cataracts, the surgeons mostly work on a piecework basis. Through projects like the EuroEyes Camp in the Dominican Republic, we want to support our colleagues in these countries and help patients."

 

Support through Donations

Aside from the surgical support, EuroEyes has donated 200 artificial lenses. This fundraising has occurred over the last two years through EuroEyes team participation in bicycle racing events, such as the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg. In addition to the artificial lenses, the EuroEyes team provided the people in the hospital El Buen Samaritano with glasses. Previous EuroEyes patients, who no longer need visual aid due to the successful treatment by EuroEyes, donated these glasses. Approximately 200-400 eyeglasses are collected this way each year. EuroEyes has many years of experience in planning and implementing such medical missions. EuroEyes employees have already successfully carried similar projects in cooperation with SEE in Peru and Lesotho.

 

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