Navigation Links
ASCRS Foundation and Sen. Rand Paul Support Mission to Perform 200 Cataract Surgeries in Guatemala: A Nine-Day Mission Will Launch a Major Five-Year Commitment in the Reg
Date:8/14/2014

Fairfax, Virginia (PRWEB) August 14, 2014

Five organizations have partnered for a five-year effort to bring high-quality eye care and vision-saving eye surgery to one of Guatemala’s neediest communities in the Baja Verapaz region—The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation (ASCRS Foundation), the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center, The Hope Alliance, Alcon and Lions Club International. The effort will kick off with an initial, nine-day mission, which includes ophthalmologist and U.S. Senator Rand Paul, MD (R-KY), from August 14-23, 2014.

“One of the ASCRS Foundation’s primary goals is to help end preventable blindness around the world, as well as here in the United States,” said David F. Chang, MD, chair of the ASCRS Foundation International Committee. “This important mission to Guatemala and the support that Sen. Paul is providing will, hopefully, help us achieve this goal while raising awareness of the profound need for high-quality eye care worldwide.”

Sen. Paul will be one of seven on-site surgeons working to provide pre-/post-operative and refractive eye exams, diagnose vision problems and illnesses and perform cataract and other surgeries. The group plans plan to perform 200 cataract surgeries through the Hospital de Ojos-Club de Leones in Salama, Guatemala. Salama is a remote town of 40,000 residents, located approximately 89 miles northwest of the capital city. It is part of a large region served by only two ophthalmologists. The mission formed after Sen. Paul reached out to the ASCRS Foundation seeking a “strong international outreach program that he could accompany on a medical mission”.    

“We are pleased to be joined by Sen. Paul in our efforts to provide humanitarian care in Guatemala,” said Randall J. Olson, M.D., CEO of the John A. Moran Eye Center and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. “His participation is bringing attention to the huge problem of global blindness and the work we are doing to eradicate it.”

The ASCRS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, which works to support physician education and to provide humanitarian cataract surgery in the United States and the developing world. Through its programs and partnerships, the foundation works to maximize the benefits of modern ophthalmology and to treat thousands of needy patients, each year.

The John A. Moran Eye Center, part of University of Utah Health Care, is the premiere center for ophthalmology in the Intermountain West and is the largest eye care facility between California and Michigan. With collaborators from around the world, research advancements at the center provide new diagnoses, novel treatments, and creative new procedures designed to cure blinding eye diseases. Moran specialists cover every field of vision care including conditions like age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, cornea, and external eye diseases. The Moran Eye Center offers the latest advances in LASIK and refractive surgery as well as a full range of optometry services, including contact lenses and eyeglasses.

The Hope Alliance is a humanitarian organization that empowers impoverished people to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of their families and their communities. The Hope Alliance’s programs are helping thousands of people in developing countries break the devastating cycle of poverty. Since beginning operation in 1999, The Hope Alliance has accomplished many valuable projects. Some projects include remote medical clinics, schools, libraries, clean water wells, and micro credit, all of which have lasting value to the communities served; however, these community development projects have been in the past, secondary to medical outreach.

Alcon develops and manufactures innovative medicines and devices to serve the full life cycle of eye care needs. They offer the broadest spectrum of surgical, pharmaceutical and vision care products to treat many eye diseases and conditions, including cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, retinal diseases, dry eye, eye infection and eye inflammation, ocular allergies, refractive errors, and other ocular health issues.

Lions Club International’s mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12097632.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2014 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Kessler Foundation names Dr. John Whyte recipient of Foundations 2nd Annual DeLisa Award
2. Kessler Foundation scientist awarded $554,000 for multiple sclerosis employment research
3. Kessler Foundation researchers present at first International Congress on Cognition in MS
4. Biomedical researchers receive Hartwell Foundation awards
5. Kessler Foundation scientists present cognitive research findings at MS dual symposium
6. Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards $3.3 million to 8 top young clinical investigators
7. Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed in Louisiana Alleging Woman Used Diabetes Medication and Contracted Bladder Cancer, Consumer Justice Foundation Reports
8. IQware Solutions is Pleased to Announce that IQware MTM has Been Selected by the Tennessee Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation (TPREF)
9. Taxman Foundation pledges $2.5 million to boost training of digestive disease experts
10. Lauren Sciences LLCs research team at Ben-Gurion University awarded Campbell Foundation grant to develop a V-Smart therapeutic for neuro-HIV
11. Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation grants fellowship awards to 21 top young scientists
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... Quality metrics ... yet in many ways they remain in the eye of the beholder, according to ... a publication of The American Journal of Managed Care. For the full issue, ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... legally blind and certified personal trainer is helping to develop a weight loss fitness plan ... fix the two major problems leading the fitness industry today:, , ... They don’t eliminate all the reasons people quit their exercise program ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library ... City Observer , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ... for fumigation is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method ... —Johnson is one of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer ... unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid ... healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Research and ... Market for Companion Diagnostic Tests" report to their offering. ... for Companion Diagnostics The World Market for ... personalized medicine diagnostics. Market analysis in the report includes the ... Market (In Vitro Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , Belgium , June 24, ... VNRX), today announced the appointment of Dr. ... Directors as a Non-Executive Director, effective June 23, ... Audit, Compensation and Nominations and Governance Committees.  As ... Futcher will provide independent expertise and strategic counsel ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and Markets ... Market - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... method for the patients with kidney failure, it replaces the ... from the patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps to ... chloride in balance. Increasing number of ESRD ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: