There is a dire lack of resources for eye care in the Four
Sections of Thomazeau. Over the years, thousands of pair of
sunglasses have been shipped and distributed. Reading glasses
are also fitted in the clinics.
A few years ago, Opthamolgist Dr. Pascale from Port au Prince
began volunteering time to screen patients and perform cataract
FOH shipped a microscope and Dr. Pascale does surgeries one day a
month in Croix des Bouquet at the Scalibrini Order's complex.
Dr. Pascale accepts no money. We do find supplies for her when
possible. She has done several corrective surgeries for
children at her own clinic. FoH funds the surgeries and
follow up care at a reduced price. Fr. Larry also had a
special gift that was used for an ll year old who needed to go to
the DR for surgery and follow up.
Welcome Dr. Matt Thompson….In spring 2014, Dr. Thompson from the
Tower Clock Clinic in Green Bay accompanied the surgical
team. He performed 25 cataract removals and various other
surgeries. He is committed to returning late in fall.
Dr. Matt reported that patients came who had such advanced
glaucoma and resultant blindness that cataract removal would be of
no use. There is a small new portable glaucoma pressure
tester that can easily be used by our medical teams at the clinics
and drops given for those in need. To control the incidence
of glaucoma would be a huge benefit.
Plans are moving ahead to obtain the tester and put it to use as
soon as possible. Some years ago a nurse asked a group of
women what they most would like. One said: Send us an
eye doctor. A blessing indeed.
Our hope is to grow the eye care availability.
Additional eye care specialists would be a great addition to our
medical missions. Their services could be used effectively on
the mission for diagnoses and also for surgeries. And there is
always the opportunity to contribute supplies or equipment if
doctors are not able to go on the missions.
Dr. Matt's report from Dec.
I was able to perform 23 surgeries
(20 cataracts, 3 others) in 2 days. This compares favorably
to the last trip which was about 30 cases in 5 days. I saw 3
children who need cataract surgery but will require anesthesia so
they are going to be scheduled for the next trip in
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