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Blog From West Africa

Blog From West Africa
In February I was with my ophthalmic friend Dr. Edgar Ogaldez in San Benito / Flores, Peten, Guatemala. Dr. Ogaldez visited my wife and I last year as part of the Rotary / AAO Host An Ophthalmology program ( Chair, Ken Tuck MD ). After visiting us in S.C. and talking to two of the local Rotary Read more:

Academy Meeting Las Vegas November 2015, Part 2

I would like to continue my summary of our 2015 AAO annual meeting 2015 in Las Vegas. As always, most of my observations / discussion / comments lean toward working / teaching in the developing world. Cornea Symposium:
Dr. Elisabeth Cohen spoke about Varicella Zoster Virus ( VZV ): Epidemiology, Read more:

SEE MSICS Course and Eye Exam

SEE MSICS Course and Eye Exam
Recently I participated in the Surgical Eye Expedition ( SEE ) MSICS course in Santa Barbara, Ca. Would recommend this one day course with didactic lectures in the AM and then a well planned / prepared wet lab in the afternoon. Special thanks to Dr. John Crowley, Luis Perez and the entire Read more:

Ten Commandments of Working in Low Resource Settings

I recently attended the Widows and Orphans annual banquet which is a 165 year old medical society in Charleston, SC. The guest speaker was Rudolph Rustin, MD who recently completed 1 1/2 years working in a hospital in Rwanda. Although Dr. Rustin is not an ophthalmologist, I would like to share Read more:

AAO Academy 2014 Chicago Part 1

AAO Academy 2014 Chicago Part 1
What I would like to do is summarize my experiences at the Academy this October. What I learned and took away from the Academy which might be useful in a developing world setting. As usual I will not give credit to many of the speakers nor to the specific course or symposium. As always I have Read more:

Epidemiology Of Eye Disease Part 3 Review

Chapter 16 Corneal And External Diseases has sub-sections on microbial keratitis, viral infections, keratoconjunctivitis, acanthamoeba --- ocular manifestations, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, Mooren’s ulcer, climatic droplet keratopathy, and pterygium. In developing countries, where most corneal Read more:

Epidemiology of Eye Disease, Part 2 Review

Section 2 Methodology was useful for the novice, such as myself, in epidemiology ---- what are cross - sectional studies, bias, cluster sampling, rapid assessment of avoidable blindness ( RAAB ), sample size, cohort studies, etc. The Baltimore Eye Survey is an example of cluster sampling in eye Read more:

Review of The Epidemiology of Eye disease

In the next several blogs I would like to review and summarize : Epidemiology Of Eye Disease 3rd edition by Gordon Johnson, Darwin Minassian, Robert Weale , and Sheila West. Imperial College Press. ISBN-13 978-1-84816-625-7.
This book is a must for anyone interested in epidemiology of the eye and
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Haiti Trip

Recently I again traveled to Haiti alone to work as a volunteer with some local Haitian ophthalmologists ( friends ). I have visited Haiti 10 times the last 30 years and my ophthalmic colleagues unfortunately all state Haiti is no better off nor the eye problems less. I usually go to Haiti by Read more:

Glaucoma in the Developing World, Part One

Glaucoma in the Developing World, Part One
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, cataracts being number one. Unfortunately glaucoma is often poorly diagnosed and managed. With the next several blogs, I would like to lists some glaucoma caveats that hopefully will prove useful for teaching, discussion, and Read more:

Corneal Transplants In The Developing World

I have spoken about this previously but I continue to see patients in Belize and elsewhere in the developing world who have been hurt by having a penetrating keratoplasty. Recently I saw again a 16 year old boy who I had seen several years ago with a failed corneal graft, diffuse bullous Read more:

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