Page 22 of Eyelidoc Travel Blog Posts


Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon May 25th 2012

May 25, 2012 (Hong Kong) After 14 hours and 38 minutes we landed in Hong Kong, tired but all in reasonable spirits. We piled all our luggage and passengers (8 people now) into two cabs and drove the 30 minute drive to our hotel on the harbor front Kowloon side. It is warm and very humid, but a clear view of Hong Kong Island below the low cloud coverage typical in HK. We are staying in a different hotel this year - the Harbor Plaza Metropolitan Hotel. Its very nice and the staff were exceptionally gracious - upgrading our rooms to suites. Its good to be here. We'll sleep (its 13 hours ahead of Central Time Zone) tonight and see Hong Kong sights tomorrow and head to Chengdu for Sunday.... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » LAX May 24th 2012

May 24, 2012 (Los Angeles, LAX) The team going to China this year includes Dr. Greg Skuta, Chairman of the OU Department of Ophthalmology and President of the Dean McGee Eye Institute and his son Matt. Dr. Brad Farris (neuro-ophthalmologist), Dr. Annie Chan (senior resident and DMEI Cornea Fellow next year) and Dr. Adam Carver (senior resident and Retina Fellow at DMEI next year. We left two other senior residents at home to take care of business...and because we took them to Swaziland on a similar trip earlier this year (Dr. Hobbs and Dr. Adesina). We will be meeting Dr. Ron Kingsley (medical retina specialist at DMEI) in C... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » LAX May 24th 2012

May 25, 2012 (Los Angeles LAX) Well we had a very smooth and on time flight to LAX on the American Eagle Regional Jet. Took the bus to the Main terminal and now lounging in the Admiral's Club waiting 4hrs till the Cathay flight to Hong Kong. That will leave from the International Terminal and will take us a while to check in given that we need to clear security again. Residents (Chan and Carver) slept the whole flight. The two of them missed the shuttle bus with us, but caught up in time - slow on the draw! We all have our computers, ipads, phones charging and getting online while we can. More from the other side of the Pacific!... read more
Fly Over States
Part of the team
Admirals LAX


May 25, 2012 (Oklahoma City) The delegation all made it to the airport, through checkin lines and security. All bags checked, carryon's and seat pads in hand. Direct American Airlines flight to Los Angeles, then Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong...arriving tomorrow at 6:50 PM local time. Off to adventure!... read more


May 23, 2012 (Oklahoma City, OK) This year will be the 10th annual trip for the Dean McGee Eye Institute team heading to Chengdu, Sichuan, China. We hope to continue developing our academic exchange programs with both Sichuan People's Provincial Hospital and West China Hospitals as well as major advancements in the Blindness Prevention programs performing cataract surgery for the underserved rural populations in the Province. By our latest estimates, there are 1 million persons blind from advanced cataract in Sichuan Province, and most of these could be cured with cataract surgery and lens implants. We are looking forward to a safe and productive trip, and I hope to be able to keep everyone informed through the blog. Feel free to share the link to the blog with others who might be interested or email me ... read more

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta March 26th 2012

We arrived safely and on time! In Atlanta...1 more leg home. Tired but happy to be stateside!... read more


Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, covering about 7500 square miles (220 miles N to S) and 40 miles wide. It is huge, so we obviously just got a glimpse of its fascinating sights. We entered from the south side after crossing the South Africa/Swazi border uneventfully. We timed it so we could do the sunset drive with a guide - what an experience. We broke up into various groups and each had our own successes, but our vehicle had a lot of large animal sightings. We came back at nighttime so we also got a night view of many large animals, saw a classical African sunset, the southern cross and milky way from a deep dark vantage point. Perfect weather - warm, not hot. Amazing!... read more
Our First Elephant Spotted
Ubiquitous Impala
An Eagle

Africa » Swaziland March 25th 2012

Sorry this is out of order. I'm writing you from the airport in Johannesburg - just before our flight back Stateside. We leave in about 3 hours for Atlanta - a 16-17 hour haul! We left the Kruger Game Park early this morning, so have been in a van for the 6 1/2 drive to J-burg. Individually, I think we are all ready to come home and contemplate an impressive trip. Reflecting back, we've done a lot from our first night here in Jburg, a church service in Manzini, HIV/AIDS task force visits while in Manzini, the game park near Manzini, eye clinics in Manzini, Mbabuda and Siteki, Luke Commission general clinics in rural areas, Mabuda Farms, surgery -clinics-postops at Good Shepherd and Mabuda Farms - the idyllic setting we enjoyed for too little time. This ... read more

Africa » Swaziland March 22nd 2012

We began surgery today with Dr. Pons at Good Shepherd Hospital. Twenty-two patients were on the schedule for today – ambitious considering we’ll were to be teaching techniques. We started off with a tear duct bypass, a couple of cataracts, a bilateral squamous cell carcinoma of the conjunctiva, a pediatric cataract that had to be cancelled because of a small pupil, another cataract with a posterior capsulectomy, another internal DCR I did with the ENT doctor while Dr. Pons did the anesthesia (general) because our nurse anesthetist left and went upstairs for an emergency C-section. We then started an impressive array of adult and pediatric cataract cases: one family where the mother and four children all had bilateral severe crystalline cataracts. The residents were involved and engaged and also performed conjuctival resection of severe pterygia and ... read more
Pre Op Area
Mixing Medications
DCR Surgery

Africa » Swaziland March 22nd 2012

0 0 1 143 816 Oculoplastics 6 1 958 14.0 Mabuda or "Place of Dreams" is the romantic farm atop the beautiful Lebombo Mountains in Eastern Swaziland near the Mozambique border. It is a place where time stands still, where the memories of colonial days are still alive and well. Mabuda Farms is ... read more
Sunrise at Mabuda Farm
The Main Homestead
Our Cabin on the Farm




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