A team of ophthalmologists and other practitioners perform eye examinations and vision-restoring cataract surgery in Atima during each mission trip. Prescription eyeglasses, ocular medications, sunglasses and artificial tears are provided free of charge to the Honduran residents both in the clinic and in remote outreach villages. Patients are also tested for other treatable causes of blindness such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and corneal diseases. Pediatric screenings to detect refractive errors, strabismus, and amblyopia (lazy eye) are also performed in an effort to correct these conditions before they cause permanent visual impairment.
With a goal of providing high quality year-round sustainable eye care – attempts will be made to partner with Honduran eye care professionals to bring quality eye care to other underserved areas of Honduras. Donations of modern diagnostic equipment will be paired with efforts to train local health care practitioners both in-person and remotely. Telemedicine exams and consultations can be performed in situations where more specialized care is needed.
Future OCHO mission trips will focus on accomplishing these goals as well as strengthening the OCHO-Honduran partnership with respect to fighting ocular disease and restoring sight.