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Stephen Grimes MD

Charles Collins MD

Ophthalmology
Once again this year, the intrepid eye surgeons, Steve Grimes MD, and Charles Collins MD, made the trip and restored sight in one eye for the most needy patients. 

The cataract clinic is the continuing crown jewel of the NEVOSH annual trip.  Steve Grimes MD and Charlie Collins MD held court at the hospital in Masaya, where the two ophthalmologists put on a cataract clinic.  They saw the most serious cataract patients and restored sight in one eye each for 50 legally blind Nicaraguans.  The surgeons brought their accomplished assistants with them.  Kammie Lucas RN is the finely tuned surgical assistant for Dr. Grimes.  Dr. Collins is fortunate to be able to work with his lovely wife, Sheila Collins, RN.  Francis Torrez, a local OR nurse, proved to be most helpful and was very well liked by the Cataract Clinic team.  Katie Collins used her Spanish skills to translate for her father in the OR.  The seamless teamwork and dedication to the task make the OR hum along like a well tuned machine.  This year, Dr. Grimes broke his personal record for the number of cataract procedures accomplished in one day. 

60 Pre-Op evaluations were carried out at the clinic site by Carl Sakovits OD, Joe England MD, and Sarah England.  Some of the patients evaluated did not to show up for the procedure, and one feisty hombre got up off the gurney and walked out of the hospital without receiving the surgery.

Every year that NEVOSH has had an Ophthalmologist performing surgeries, many lives are greatly changed by the renovation of sight to the legally blind.  This year, 50 patients received cataract surgeries at the hospital in Masaya.   We do not have enough kind words in the dictionary to express the gratitude of NEVOSH and the patients involved to these intrepid surgeons, their well tuned assistants, and the operating room translators. 

Carl Sakovits, OD also saw the patients after the procedure, fitting protective sunglasses and witnessing first hand the moment that they first gain vision as the post-op bandage is  removed to determine the correct prescription for eyewear.

Conor Collins submitted some great photos from the 2007 Ophthalmology clinic.  Take a look if you haven't seen them yet.

2008 Ophthalmology Photo Gallery
2007 Ophthalmology Photo Gallery
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2008 Cataract Clinic Photo Roster

NEVOSH trips:
2012 Panama & Tennessee
2010 Nueva Esperanza
2009 Nueva Esperanza
2008 Nandaime, Nicaragua
2007 Monimbo, Nicaragua
2006 Nandasmo, Nicaragua
2005 Catarina, Nicaragua
2005 Mus, Turkey
2004 Nindiri, Nicaragua
2003 Jinotepe, Nicaragua
2002 Ticuantepe, Nicaragua
2001 Monimbo, Nicaragua
2000 La Concepción, Nicaragua
1999 Masatepe, Nicaragua
1998 Niquinohomo, Nicaragua
1997 Lake Yohoa, Honduras
1996 Jutiapa, Honduras
1995 Omoa, Honduras
1994 Vera Paz, Guatemala
1993 Coatepeque, Guatemala
1993 Salama, Guatemala
1992 Chimeltenango, Guatemala
1991 Chichicastenango, Guatemala
1990 Comayagua, Honduras
1989 San Manuel, Honduras
1988 Omoa, Honduras
1987 S
anta Rosa, Honduras

This page was last updated UTC 2008-03-05 09:55 -0000

2012 Panama & Tennessee | 2010 Nueva Esperanza | 2009 Nueva Esperanza | 2008 Nandaime | 2007 Monimbo | 2006 Nandasmo | 2005 Catarina | 2005 Mus | 2004 Nindiri | 2003 Jinotepe | 2002 Ticuantepe | 2001 Monimbo | 2000 La Concepción | 1999 Masatepe | 1998 Niquinohomo | 1997 Lake Yohoa | 1996 Jutiapa | 1995 Omoa | 1994 Vera Paz | 1993 Coatepeque | 1993 Salama | 1992 Chimeltenango | 1991 Chichicastenango | 1990 Comayagua | 1989 San Manuel | 1988 Omoa | 1987 Santa Rosa

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