Suggestions From MSICS Course ( SEE ) September 2016

Don’t believe everything you think.
Did you see the September 2016 National Geographic magazine? Cover story on -- The End of Blindness Winning The Fight To See? The article talked about blindness in the developed world as well as the developing world. Lots of reasons for the reduction. In the Read more:

Post-Ebola Survival Eye Clinic In Liberia Part 2

Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders is usually an emergency / crisis health organization rather than a developmental health NGO. As they frequently state, they go where others don’t. They are happy enough eventually to hand over their operations / programs to other NGO’s ( Read more:

Post-Ebola Survival Eye Clinic In Liberia Part 1

Post-Ebola Survival Eye Clinic In Liberia Part 1
Well here I am. I finally made it.
All my ophthalmic life I have wanted to work for / with Medecins Sans Frontieres ( MSF ) / Doctors Without Borders. Recently MSF, NYC told me I was the first ophthalmologist they have ever recruited. Currently I’m here in Monrovia, Liberia seeing post-Ebola Read more:

Blog From West Africa

Blog From West Africa
In February I was with my ophthalmic friend Dr. Edgar Ogaldez in San Benito / Flores, Peten, Guatemala. Dr. Ogaldez visited my wife and I last year as part of the Rotary / AAO Host An Ophthalmology program ( Chair, Ken Tuck MD ). After visiting us in S.C. and talking to two of the local Rotary Read more:

Academy Meeting Las Vegas November 2015, Part 2

I would like to continue my summary of our 2015 AAO annual meeting 2015 in Las Vegas. As always, most of my observations / discussion / comments lean toward working / teaching in the developing world. Cornea Symposium:
Dr. Elisabeth Cohen spoke about Varicella Zoster Virus ( VZV ): Epidemiology, Read more:

SEE MSICS Course and Eye Exam

SEE MSICS Course and Eye Exam
Recently I participated in the Surgical Eye Expedition ( SEE ) MSICS course in Santa Barbara, Ca. Would recommend this one day course with didactic lectures in the AM and then a well planned / prepared wet lab in the afternoon. Special thanks to Dr. John Crowley, Luis Perez and the entire Read more:

Ten Commandments of Working in Low Resource Settings

I recently attended the Widows and Orphans annual banquet which is a 165 year old medical society in Charleston, SC. The guest speaker was Rudolph Rustin, MD who recently completed 1 1/2 years working in a hospital in Rwanda. Although Dr. Rustin is not an ophthalmologist, I would like to share Read more:

AAO Academy 2014 Chicago Part 1

AAO Academy 2014 Chicago Part 1
What I would like to do is summarize my experiences at the Academy this October. What I learned and took away from the Academy which might be useful in a developing world setting. As usual I will not give credit to many of the speakers nor to the specific course or symposium. As always I have Read more:

Epidemiology Of Eye Disease Part 3 Review

Chapter 16 Corneal And External Diseases has sub-sections on microbial keratitis, viral infections, keratoconjunctivitis, acanthamoeba --- ocular manifestations, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, Mooren’s ulcer, climatic droplet keratopathy, and pterygium. In developing countries, where most corneal Read more:

Epidemiology of Eye Disease, Part 2 Review

Section 2 Methodology was useful for the novice, such as myself, in epidemiology ---- what are cross - sectional studies, bias, cluster sampling, rapid assessment of avoidable blindness ( RAAB ), sample size, cohort studies, etc. The Baltimore Eye Survey is an example of cluster sampling in eye Read more:

Review of The Epidemiology of Eye disease

In the next several blogs I would like to review and summarize : Epidemiology Of Eye Disease 3rd edition by Gordon Johnson, Darwin Minassian, Robert Weale , and Sheila West. Imperial College Press. ISBN-13 978-1-84816-625-7.
This book is a must for anyone interested in epidemiology of the eye and
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