The program in Swaziland is part of a broader national blindness prevention program and a new integral part of the Luke Commissions compassionate outreach to the remote areas of the country. The eye care component is an expansion of an eyeglasses program TLC has had in place over the years. To expand their eye services, we designed a vision screening program that was "bolted on" to their existing mobile hospital outreach program. "Room 9" was the ninth workstation in the mobile hospital set up designed to do the vision screening which includes visual acuity assessment, refraction (if needed) and determination of presence of blinding cataract to find surgical cataracts. Other medical conditions are managed as possible and as needed. The second component of the cataract blindness prevention program was setting up high quality surgical services at the main TLC campus. That is the primary purpose of this trip. The logistics of patient flow are formidable: TLC leased busses to pick people up from their communities, bring them to TLC campus, feed and house them for 3-5 days, do the pre-operative work up (ultrasound and keratometry reading for lens power calculations), operate on them and do their post op day 1 care.
Thus the logistics are challenging! This too is what makes TLC the best of partners to develop such a program. We have done a significant number of cases, started to gather data on our first three days of surgery and today we are focusing on optimization - we will begin in the pre-operative area today.
Ophthalmologist joining a medical team providing clinical care and academic exchange programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America to support development of blindness prevention programs including clinical care, educational exchanges and research activities - coordinated through a team of amazing eye care professionals in government, academic, private practice and international non-governmental organization (INGOs) settings across the globe. All in the pursuit of eliminating avoidable blindness and vision loss. ... full info