Cure Glaucoma Medical Mission Team Returns to Kenya
Cure Glaucoma joined forces with the Lighthouse for Christ Eye Centre for a return medical mission trip to Mombasa, Kenya. A team consisting of Cure Glaucoma volunteers Dr. Oluwatosin “Tosin” Smith of Glaucoma Associates of Texas and her daughter Fara Adesanoye, Denise Del Rio, CST, Teresa Cook, RN, as well as Dr. C. Bradley Bowman of Cornea Associates travelled to bring much-needed help to the people of Kenya.
They spent a week at the Lighthouse for Christ Eye Centre
caring for patients, teaching staff and physicians while performing 62 surgeries on patients with complex glaucoma and corneal diseases.
The group treated 659 patients overall.
During the 2016 trip to Kenya, Dr. Smith and Dr. Bowman cared for an infant born with congenital glaucoma and cloudy corneas in both eyes. Three years ago, they performed glaucoma surgery on both eyes and corneal transplant surgery on her right eye. What a gift to be able to examine the
now 3-year-old and find her running around the clinic with good vision and a clear corneal graft.
(Dr. Oluwatosin “Tosin” Smith and Dr. C. Bradley Bowman with vibrant 3-year-old patient pictured above.)
The Lighthouse for Christ Eye Centre was founded in 1969 by Bill Ghrist, MD, an ophthalmologist from California. The Centre is currently a modern clinic and surgery center that not only takes care of patients on a walk-in and appointment basis, but also one that sends out teams to provide care in rural areas of Kenya. Many doctors and healthcare professionals from around the world visit for up to three weeks to assist the local staff.
Patients treated were of different backgrounds and of all ages. The daily routine included
clinic visits in the morning and afternoons in surgery
. It was exciting for the team to be able to treat patients and transfer skills to the staff and work closely with the Lighthouse for Christ physicians.
Sixty-two surgeries were performed
including glaucoma tube shunts, trabeculectomies, trabeculotomies, gonioscopy assisted transluminal trabeculotomy (GATT), DSEK, IOL exchange, glaucoma tube revisions, needling of blebs, cyclodestructive procedures and the cornea transplants. Dr. Smith performed the first of two XEN surgeries in Kenya.
It was a privilege to work with the local physicians, the Lighthouse for Christ Eye Centre staff and the entire organization.
We are grateful to the many donors
who provided medication, equipment and funding to make this humanitarian journey to preserve sight possible.
Your gifts helped make a positive difference in the lives of so many.