Nandaime, Nicaragua --
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.
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
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