Below is a post submitted by volunteer faculty Dr. Hardeep Dhindsa of Reno, Nevada. Dr. Dhindsa maintains a personal blog at, http://uvealblues.blogspot.com/, which contains many stories about his travels with ORBIS, ophthalmology and healthcare.
This week of ORBIS was a nice, rewarding week. I saw about 25 retina patients on Friday in Mengo Hospital. This was a screening clinic, in which each of the volunteer faculty evaluated patients in our subspecialty that had been referred by local doctors. I evaluated retina patients and Dr. Brad Black from Baton Rouge evaluated pediatric ophthalmology patients. Each of these patients had severe ocular disease with very poor vision. Many of them were monocular.
Monday through today, Dr. Black and I have been on the ORBIS plane, doing surgeries, lasers, ocular injections, and giving lectures to local ophthalmologists. Local nurses have been working with the Flying Eye Hospital nurses as well.
At a local hospital, Dr. Manish Dave from India, has been giving hands-on instruction in cataract surgery to local ophthalmologists over the past week.
I have seen patients with a wide variety of retinal disease.
One of the best things about ORBIS is seeing the wide variety of complex disease.
One of the hardest things about ORBIS is trying to prioritize surgical cases, as time constraints prevent doing surgery on everyone that needs it.