Packing for this trip has been challenging. We like to fly American Airlines out of Tampa, Florida, our home-based airport. However, American Airlines does not fly into Liberia. We have to get ourselves to Paris—nineteen hours of travel time by itself—stay over in Paris, then catch another flight from Paris to Liberia—another twelve hours of travel time. If we were to depart on a Saturday, we would arrive in Liberia on a Tuesday.
There are over 30,000 blind in Liberia with little or no eye care. We will be treating patients from February 22nd to March 9th.
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This video illustrates the need for surgeons to travel to underserved areas in the world that are overwhelmed with blindness and no eye care!
SEE International requires a certification on the Manual Small Incision Cataract Procedure (MSCIS). This procedure enables surgeons to do a high volume of cataract surgery with minimal equipment.