Page 4 of Eyelidoc Travel Blog Posts

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu April 20th 2016

Chengdu, China (April 20, 2016) After a smooth flight from NY to Shanghai, things didn't go as smoothly as planned. In Shanghai we were lined up to board the plane to Chengdu - but there was no airplane. Apparently the inbound flight was delayed. It created a mini furor of activity with seemingly little actual information being shared, but after some discussion it was apparent that the 9 pm departure might be delayed about three hours. By the time I arrived in Chengdu it was 3:30 am and poor Tom (one of the SPPH residents) was there to meet me with a driver. I'd never seen Chengdu as a "sleepy town" but there wasn't much traffic at 4:00 am! I got to my hotel by 4:30 and managed to sleep for a couple of hours before ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan April 17th 2016

New York, NY (April 17, 2016) A beautiful sunny Sunday morning in NYC. Landed here yesterday afternoon for meetings - some preparation on Sunday (later today) and then the real meetings on Monday morning and early afternoon. The flight approach into Laguardia was interesting...from the southern tip we flew straight north over the whole of Manhattan - great city tour in 3 minutes! A quick drive to downtown and I dropped my bags off at my friends' place and off to dinner with friends.... read more
Yankee Stadium
The Flatiron Building
City view from my room

North America » United States » Texas » Dallas April 16th 2016

Dallas (April 16, 2016) First leg (shortest) has launched this trip - I think I'll be through DFW a few times these next three weeks. Now at 37,000 feet and on my way to the Big Apple for meetings and then the long jaunt to Chengdu. Blogging courtesy of - a great but too expensive idea I can't resist! This trip I also subscribed to my philosophy of carry-on only - now worried the suitcase might undergo spontaneous combustion and burst from the own version of "vacuum packing." The plane is full, the sun is warm and its snack time! :)... read more

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Oklahoma City April 15th 2016

Oklahoma City (April 15, 2016) Like old Willie Nelson crooned, "just can't wait to get on the road again!" This time I'm playing a bit of catch up. The full team left for Chengdu a couple of days ago so don't expect to get any news from them till I get there and start my investigative journalism. They've arrived in Chengdu and the most exciting thing that happened was discovering that there now is an official coffee shop in the hospital with WiFi and gourmet coffees! A far cry from the good old days where we literally could find tea...but no coffee in a city of 12 million people! The team includes Dr. Farris (very senior faculty), Dr. Jeremy Tan (senior resident), Dr. Jonathan Perkins (senior resident), and two ophthalmologists from Kaiser Permanente in northern California: ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg September 3rd 2015

Johannesburg, South Africa (Sept 3, 2015) I got up early this morning to repack all my things and head to the operating room early. Dr. Cohen had a challenging case this morning, which went very well. He then followed it up with another slate of cataract cases and things were flowing smoothly. Post-operative eye patch removal was bedlam! There were people dancing, singing and carrying on - a really festive celebration of eyesight restored. Was fun to see. I then visited with a 15 year old young lady that had been severely burned at age 8 months and now has SEVERE eyelid and other facial contractures. Her upper and lower lids were turned inside out from the scars on her lids. Her eyes were so uncomfortable. I didn't have time to do the work this trip, ... read more

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini September 3rd 2015

My time here in Swaziland is drawing to a close as I leave for meetings in Europe at noon today. I'll be flying out of the new King Mswati airport to Joburg and taking the overnight flight north. The project here has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. We all have achieved and learned a tremendous amount about serving the underserved here in southern Africa. With many lessons left to learn, we are optimistic about the work here and look forward to the ongoing care for the patients we've touched and to the the next opportunity to do more. This work would not be possible without the strong participation of so many: from the community health motivators to the surgeons and all in between...everyone had a critical role. I am so appreciative for each and ... read more

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini August 31st 2015

August 31, 2015 (Swaziland) It was a great way to close out the month of August. It was a national holiday and time for the Reed Dance where some 80,000 maidens deliver reeds to the Queen mother and dance for the King. Simultaneously at the Luke Commission campus we were making a transition from the first week's inaugural surgeon (Dr. Glenn Strauss) to this week's surgeon (Dr. Alex Cohen). Glenn did a couple of cases and then observed/coached Alex through a few more and was off on the shuttle to Johannesburg. Meanwhile Alex has been diligently working to hone and perfect his MSICS technique. It has gone very smoothly and the transition is now done. It was a warm day here in Swaziland - the warmest we've had, but the evenings arrive suddenly and the temperatures ... read more
Trading Places
Dr. Hildebrand "coaching" Dr. Cohen

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini August 27th 2015

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 ... read more
A cataract
Peribulbar injection
Surgical Team

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini August 26th 2015

We do not take electricity or internet connectivity for granted here - maybe more accurately we do, and then are frequently disappointed. As we were about to start our first cataract case, a loud explosion in the distance was the regional transformer on the electrical grid. Undaunted, we transferred over to the generator systems...yes for 220V power and the other for 110V power. Just before starting the case, regular power was restored! Similar, but more fickle, is the internet access - very spotty most of the time, limited bandwidth and frequent intermittent outages.... read more

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini August 25th 2015

We have now completed our first couple of days deploying the new cataract surgery program at TLC's Miracle Campus in central Swaziland. The goal has been to deploy a safe, high quality cataract surgery program for Swaziland to address cataract blindness. Most TLC patients are culled from mobile hospital outreaches to remote areas, so most of the patients we see are incredibly poor and subsistence farmers in rural areas of the country. There is a remote screening service in the field that identifies likely candidates for surgery. Those patients are brought to the campus where they are housed and fed for three to five days to have a pre-op assessment, diagnostic workup, surgery and one day of post op recovery. The surgery suite is a two operating table suite, where an operating microscope swings from side ... read more
Preop Area

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