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When You Arrive in a Foreign Country and Have No Patients
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Nov
3
2017

What Do You Do When Arrive in a Foreign Country and Have No Patients?

Glenn & Kim Strauss

 

Glenn and Kim Strauss arrived in Cameroon recently as part of a medical mission trip. From the start they had many obstacles to finding patients for eye surgery. So, what do you do when you arrive in a foreign country expecting to do surgery and there are no patients?!

Take a moment to read how God moved…

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Written by Glenn & Kim Strauss
 
 
 
Far More Is Going On Around Us Than Meets The Eye
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Sep
15
2017

Far More Is Going On Around Us Than Meets The Eye

By Eric and Wendy Hofman

 

Editor’s Note: Eric and Wendy Hofman serve at the Bongolo Hospital in Gabon on the west coast of Africa. Wendy is an ophthalmologist and Eric is an administrator. Here is a “blog” entry that shows that far more is going on around us than meets the eye:

And here’s something to celebrate! This week we heard Marcelin’s story. He lives in Tchibanga, a large town about 4 hours’ drive from Bongolo. Marcelin had been going to church just because it was fun, but lately he kept hearing the thought that he should decide to follow Jesus.

He had a Bible at home and when he was reading it he kept having the same thought come to his mind -- he needs to decide to follow the Lord. These internal nudges kept happening, but he felt that he couldn’t make this decision and be faithful to God in his home environment.

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Written by Eric & Wendy Hofman
 
 
 
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

 

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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
 
 
 
Spirit of Joy - Reflections from Tenwek Hospital
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Aug
25
2017

Spirit of Joy - Reflections from Tenwek Hospital

By Lindsay Grotting

 

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Lindsay Grotting is an ophthalmologist who finished a uveitis fellowship in 2016.  Her husband Andy finished orthopedic residency about the same time.  They recently spent 9 months at Tenwek Hospital (2016-2017) and Lindsay was a great help in the eye department, teaching the team a lot about uveitis.

The Grottings recently returned to the states so Andy can begin a sports medicine fellowship.  Tenwek would love to have them both come back.  Believe it or not there are a lot of “football” injuries in Kenya that Andy could attend to, and the Ophthalmologists say they need Lindsay back in the eye department!

During their stay at Tenwek, the Grottings reflected on their experience.  Here is one such reflection….

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Written by Lindsay Grotting
 
 
 
Maban Cataract Camp - South Sudan
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Nov
30
2015

Maban Cataract Camp, South Sudan

By John Cropsey

 

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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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Written by John Cropsey
 
 
     

Eyes of Faith

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Eyewear for Your Faith-Minded Patients!

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This is a wonderful way for your patients to wear and share their faith and to help local and international eye care missions! 

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MSICS Training for Surgeons

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There is tremendous need for a very good cataract procedure where phacoemulsification technology is either not available or too expensive to provide to the masses that need surgery. Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) is the perfect surgery for much of the world: it is inexpensive, effective, produces minimal astigmatism, sutureless, safe, relatively quick to perform and is relatively simple to learn with good instruction. If you have an interest in doing medical missions in the future, strongly consider MSICS training. Our friends at Global Sight Alliance and Vision Outreach International would love to assist you! Click on the links below to learn more.

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