Yangon Blindness Prevention Clinic

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May 20th 2019
Published: May 20th 2019
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Yangon, Yunnan, China (May 20, 2019) There was a frenzy when we arrived at the hospital in Yangon. It is a less equipped hospital and we had only one slit lamp to examine patients. There was a large crowd of patients waiting expectantly for us to arrive. They had been given numbers, had visual acuity and intraocular pressures done. However they were all jumbled together which resulted in a lot of noise and confusion at the start. We were lacking enough translators as well. The first wave of patients all seemed to have had complex problems, many treated elsewhere and alot of them with nothing further we could do. Once we figured out how to manage the flow, we got through the 250 patients by noon - finding a lot of treatable disease - glasses, cataracts, some ocular tumors, some needing cornea transplants and many many dry eye patients - a real problem in this arid climate. We were relieved when it was time to head for lunch...not that we were hungry, we were worn out! Another delicious lunch that featured some unique Yi cuisine and we were off to Kunming. (photos courtesy of Alex Lobodiak)

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