Next Mission heading to Jamaica!

March 24 to March 30th

Almost half of the Jamaican population has never received an eye exam. Consequently, approximately 27,000 Jamaicans suffer from preventable blindness. Cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy are among the leading causes.

Become a Humanitarian Eye Surgeon

Tell your eye doctor! Opportunities to become a humanitarian eye surgeon.

Restore Vision Foundation presents a basic course to learn the essentials to master (MSICS) manual small incision cataract surgery. This is a low tech eye procedure enabling eye surgeons to get excellent results with cataract surgeryΒ  in a 3rd world country.

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We also needΒ  Optometrists, Opticians and Nurses to help!

Nigerian Mission Canceled :-(

We just received notification from Nigeria, because of the election and political unrest our eye surgical mission had to be cancelled. It is very disappointing since there are several hundred blind people waiting for surgery that can restore their vision.

“A major issue about the travel just came up. We had a meeting with The Commisionner of Health, Nigerian Police force to prepare adequate security for your coming yesterday. However They advised based on security grounds that the trip be canceled because the country and state has become very turbulent due to the shifting of elections. The elections which where supposed to commence on 16th feb and 2nd of March where postponed to 23rd February and 9th March. The new dates now means the date of your visit will be during election period and already there is some news of crisis that will make the work difficult.
We regret the inconvenience caused. I believe this decision was carried to protect your team from insecurity issues that may arise during elections.
We will communicate new dates when peace and absolutely control has been reinstalled after the election. I am sorry about the cost incurred your lives and property’s mean a lot to us. I write you with tears as I feel very very sorry about the inconveniences caused. ”

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Miracle from Togo!

🌈🌈🌈 Togo Mission Trip: πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Amazing news: this 8 years old boy was born blind. He also can not speak and can not hear. He lives in total darkness and silence all his life.
He has been waiting all these long years for a doctor to do surgery so he can at least see to bring some light πŸ’₯πŸŒˆβ˜€οΈ to his world.
Dr. Kondrot operated on him yesterday to remove bilateral cataracts in both eyes and repair his eyes with other issues.πŸ‘€
Today, one day post-op, here he is seeing for the first time.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
It is amazing to watch him. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
We are so happy for him. He expression is priceless.
We take our eyesight πŸ‘ for granted, until we watch this boy blind since birth and seeing clearly for the first time. It’s so amazing.
Please watch the video. We want to share this with you.
Our work today has touched his life in a profound way. We hope and pray that he has a better quality of life with his new eyesight.
Imagine the transformation in his life now: he can walk by himself, he can be more independent, he can join other kids to play soccer, he can learn sign language, he can learn to read, go to school, a whole new life has opened up for him.
We could not ask for a better result. His eyes are so clear it’s hard to believe he just had 2 operations done just one day ago.
His name is Epiphany, which means a sudden illuminating discovery or realization. For many Christians, Epiphany refers to the manifestation of the Divine Nature of Jesus.
In a few more days as Epiphany begins to get used to his new eyesight, we will have a happy boy running and smiling as he starts to live his new life.
It’s a happy day here in Togo as we celebrate many more blind children and adults regain their eyesight when we do our post-op bandage removal.
With love from Togo Africa. πŸ§‘β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šβ€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’š

Togo Mission Trip: accommodation of the medical team

 

🌈🌈🌈 Togo Mission Trip: accommodation of the medical team on the ground at the Tohoun Hospital. The team sleeps in tents. We have one tent for the cook Acoo. πŸ‘©πŸΏβ€πŸ³ She cooks breakfast of omelettes. Lunch: rice and chicken in tomatoes sauce. Dinner: rice and chicken in tomatoes sauce. It’s been the same menu for 7 days now. We are not sure why. It must be the way she feeds us foreigners.
For the local team members she makes other things. I keep telling myself I am going to check out their food but we are so busy I have no time to look. They eat in the cook’s tent. We have one tent with a table to rest from the scorching sun. β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈIt’s very hot here. 100 degrees πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯the past several days. When I get a picture of what the local team eat I will post them.
The chicken here are so thin. There is hardly any meat. Mostly bones. So for every meals we just get some rice and pour some tomatoes sauce on the rice to eat.
There is absolutely no vegetables or fresh salad to be had.
We work very long days and are so tired at night we just eat some rice with the red tomatoes sauce and catch some sleep.
Life is very simple here in Africa.
It’s so hot during the day, I often have β€œvision” of an ice cream!!! 🍨
There is a man selling ice cream on a bicycle. He came one day. Dr. Kondrot said everyday at lunch β€œif the ice cream man comes, I don’t care if the president is on the operating table, call me out I need to eat an ice cream”. He is joking of course. But we all crave a cold ice cream bar in this intense heat of Africa.
We have not had a cold drink for 7 days. There is no ice and no refrigerator.
We all know what we are going to have once we get ourselves back into the United States! For me: a nice big ice cream cone! I will say I have earned it!!!!
We love our work. The people here are so appreciative. They are such loving people. πŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šβ€οΈ
With love from Togo, Africa.

11 years old boy blind with bilateral cataracts

🌈🌈🌈 Togo Mission Trip: πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ This young 11 years old boy blind with bilateral cataracts has been waiting all his life for a doctor to operate on him. Dr. Kondrot performed bilateral cataract removal both on the same day because he needs to be under general anesthesia so we don’t want to risk multiple sessions of him in the operating room. Surgery went well with no complication. Here he is one day post-op. He is still very groggy from anesthesia and he also needs to get accustomed to the light and seeing again.
His parents are very happy. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘In a few days he will be running around playing soccer and going to school like all the kids his age.
He has a brighter future now.
We are sure we when we come back to Togo in a few years we will get to see a handsome happy young man with a bright future!
What a great outcome for him. We can’t ask for anything better. Β  πŸ’šβ€οΈπŸ’›πŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ§‘

Togo Mission Trip: visual acuity testing

🌈🌈🌈Togo Mission Trip: visual acuity testing in Togo, Africa.
This woman was blind yesterday. Today is her one day post-op, she just got her eye patch taken out and she is reading to the last line on the eye chart. She earned an applause from her graduating class as she walks up by herself to pick up her paper chart from our technician who is doing the visual acuity test!
What an amazing life changing event for her. She can now start her new life. We are so happy for her.
Independent. Free to do what she wants. She says she was a farmer. She’s going back to farming again to feed her family!
We are so happy to be of help to her. One more family will have a better life because we were here in Togo, Africa. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ§‘πŸ’šβ€οΈπŸ’›

Post operative patients in Togo Africa

🌈🌈🌈 Mission Trip to Togo Africa: this is the scene of a typical post-op session in Togo, Africa. All the patients sit on benches under the large tree to get some shade. They still have their patches on. Some of them have shoes and some don’t. When they get tired they just lay themselves right on the dirt floor. It is very hot outside under the sun but these patients are very happy. Very chatty. They are eagerly awaiting the removal of their eye patches so they can see again!

It’s very fun and uplifting as every single person is very excited for this moment. Most them are blind before their surgery. Many of them have bilateral cataracts.

Another great and exciting day in Togo Africa. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ§‘πŸ’š