Our latest ophthalmology clinic to Majuro, Marshall Islands in May was a great success! Thanks to our wonderful team of optometrists, ophthalmologists, and clinic assistants, we were able to see 429 patients and perform 190 cataract surgeries, providing a total value of $497,586 in care.
Due to extended sun exposure in the Marshall Islands, as well as an overall prevalence of diabetes, many of these cataract cases were severe, causing poor sight to near blindness.
The procedures and care provided in partnership with the Republic of the Marshall Islands Ministry of Health and the Majuro Hospital staff not only bettered the lives of these patients, but also the families and friends that helped to care for them. Patients that entered the clinic, being led by their sons or daughters, left needing no guidance to navigate their way through their surroundings.
In addition to cataract surgeries, our team performed 189 A-scans and 619 refractions. Other individuals who came to our clinic were able to receive reading glasses, sunglasses, and prescriptions to maintain the health of their eyes.
Of course, we would not have been able to accomplish this level of success on our own; generous donations by Alcon Laboratories, Bausch and Lomb, Matson Lines, Northwest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, See International, and Triple J made it all possible! Thanks to the contributions of businesses, organizations, and individuals, we were able to make a big impact in the lives of people of the Marshall Islands.
To view more photos from this clinic, view our album on our Flickr page.