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Ophthalmology in Swaziland: A Post-Residency/Fellowship Experience
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Nov
3
2016

Ophthalmology in Swaziland: A Post-Residency/Fellowship Experience

By Trevor Kerr

 

TK Good Shepherd Hospital

After completing his combined fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology and oculoplastics, Trevor Kerr spent seven months practicing ophthalmology in the small, underserved African country of Swaziland.  A country with only two ophthalmologists for a population of 1.25 million people!  His experience with one of those two ophthalmologists, Dr. Jonathan Pons, at the Good Shepherd Eye Clinic in Siteki, Swaziland, was exhilarating, humbling, and transformative.  He reflects on his time there in an article in the South African Ophthalmology Journal....Read More.

 

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Written by Trevor Kerr
 
 
 
Maban Cataract Camp - South Sudan
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Nov
30
2015

Maban Cataract Camp, South Sudan

By John Cropsey

 

Cropsey Sudan

These past 6 days, I have witnessed pure beauty. The closest thing I can compare it to is the feeding of the 5,000, except we were given an impossible sea of blind people to treat. The eye team of Kenyans (from Tenwek Hospital), Burundians (from Kibuye Hospital) and South Sudanese (Samaritan's Purse) cared for over 1,500 patients in Maban, Upper Nile State, South Sudan, and performed 512 cataract surgeries on some of the world’s most difficult cataracts (lots of band keratopathy and pseudo-exfoliation with zonular instability and tiny pupils - I call it Sudanese eye). This region has no access to eye care. The nearest ophthalmologist in Juba is a three-week journey by 4x4. Thankfully we could be flown in by MAF (Missionary Aviation Fellowship).

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What am I doing here in Africa?
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Mar
16
2015

 JanieYoo Zambia

My heart sank. Hand Motions (HM) vision. Hypopyon.  Not a good sign when my 60-year-old patient’s vision in that left eye was Counting Fingers at 3 meters just the day before.  The day before had started out as a routine operating theatre day at Lusaka Eye Hospital in the Southern African country of Zambia...

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Doughnuts for Bibles - Kenya, Africa - Tenwek Hospital
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May
20
2015

Doughnuts for Bibles Ben Roberts Kenya Africa Tenwek Hospital

This article was provided by Dr. Ben Roberts.  Ben works at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya.

Subscribe to Dr. Robert’s Monthly Newsletter, “Sharing the Light, Restoring Vision”.

www.benandjennyroberts.com

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What A Gift! - Reflections from Dr Taylor
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Dec
9
2014

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Dr. Jeffery Taylor is an ophthalmologist in Paducah, Kentucky.  Recently, he went to the Dominican Republic with a Vision Outreach International team.  He sent an update that was refreshing. Something to be shared. 

"As usual, unbelievably glad I was able to make the trip [to the Dominican Republic].  For me the first day was a lesson in being humbled. I had some complications, but all the cases ended ok. I learned some valuable lessons!  Tuesday was drastically better with all of my cases going very well. Wednesday was the best yet, cases were going well and when we broke for lunch to turn off the generator for a while we saw the post op patients and did patch removal. This still gets me choked up, even after doing cataract surgery for 13 years. I think the day it doesn't affect me to watch people praise God for allowing them to see again is the day I need to stop operating.

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Written by Bryan Glanzer
 
 
     

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