Diabetic Laser in Catacamas

Diabetic Laser in Catacamas
Not too long ago I wrote here to ask for help with finding a retinal laser for our Honduras Mission Trip. I am thrilled to report that after months of looking for a laser in every part of our hospital (being told that none could leave the state) and even asking Iridex, a perfect laser was Read more:

Haiti Retina Brief for potential visiting retinal surgeons

Shared by Dr. Daniel Alter who has been serving in Haiti, this brief was shared in February 2017 for anyone willing to help with training in Haiti. Prior to 2014, vitrectomy surgery was non-existent in Haiti and only the few that could afford it would travel to the U.S. or Dominican Republic to Read more:

At which stage to do a Gunderson flap

At which stage to do a Gunderson flap
This is in response to one of my blog entries and the question which was asked which was "Which stage do you prefer to do a Gundersen flap?" How severe, deep or advanced is the corneal ulcer with the initial presentation often helps to determine your decision. There are often other factors that Read more:

Portable optical shop in a kit

Portable optical shop in a kit
Dr. Bob Arnold shares this video of training how to use what he has called the "Burma Vision Optic Kit". It is a portable solution to refracting and dispensing of sphero-cylinder spectacles on site. Watch the video here to see how it is used. Kit with 140 Read more:

Standard MSICS Instruments

Standard MSICS Instruments
A helpful tip is to know which instruments are part of the standard MSICS set. Certainly this depends on the technique that is being used. That is to say, whether one is using standard Aravind technique, the Blumenthal method or a fishhook technique for nucleus extraction. My set below shows Read more:

Recipe for Cataract Surgery using LR

Recipe for Cataract Surgery using LR
On the mission field, often you don't have the privilege of having BSS in 500 ml bottles.   We have found that a good alternative is to use Lactated Ringers with a mix of bicarb, epi and Vancomycin for cataract surgery. Here is the recipe that we have been using: 500 cc L.R. solution 10 cc Read more:

HOW WE PREPARE FOR A MISSION

HOW WE PREPARE FOR A MISSION
Dr. Amjad Ziadat from Jordan has shared how he leads his team in preparing for an ophthalmologic outreach. Protocol for our preparation Setting main elements of a mission: goals, team, duration, finance, transport. Select a Head or Leader of the mission, who has a big compassionate heart, Read more:

Mission Clinic Tips from Swaziland

Mission Clinic Tips from Swaziland
10 Golden Rules for Missions - from Dr. Jonathan Pons (or 10 rules for establishing Mission Eye Clinics) No-one goes home needlessly blind AND the hospital will always get paid. (figure the difference yourself)
10 Golden Rules for Missions - from Dr. Jonathan Pons (or 10 rules for Read more:

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