Monthly Archives: March 2011
So an awesome week, an historic week, and a lot of fun with a few very happy patients!
Nkhoma now has a modern ‘phaco’ cataract surgery service! The first permanent such unit in Malawi. Fantastic.
Although the technique we use for cataract surgery for thousands of operations each year is very very good, and we can perform an operation to treat blindness in 7-8 minutes; the availability of ‘phaco’ allows for a much smaller incision in the eye, and a faster visual recovery. Also less astigmatism (and need for glasses) and glare after surgery. Some of the really good artificial lenses we can use, have a built in UV filter to protect the retina from the sun! Which is nice.
Sometimes in the work here, I am called to do things not directly involving seeing people and treating blindness. I love the job that I am actually here to do, but there are unavoidable and necessary distractions sometimes.
We have spent much of the past months preparing and renovating for the new year. We will start modern cataract surgeries next week, and theatre is ready for that and many patients that will be coming to Nkhoma this year.
I had to join the Ministry of Health for planning workshops over the past weeks. The National Eye Care Plan for 2011 to 2016. Wonderful to be involved in where the country is heading for eye care.