On November 2, 2013, Humanity First USA's Gift of Sight team will arrive in Antigua, Guatemala for the fourth week-long eye camp. The camp will provide free eye care to rural Guatemalans funded by donations made through Humanity First and hospital donated equipment. Ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies have also contributed in order to keep the surgeries free for the patients.
In the past few years, the Gift of Sight team has set up camps over multiple cities in Guatemala to provide service to as many locals as possible. In congruence with performing the surgeries, the doctors' part of the Gift of Sight team will be teaching the local doctors and nurses new surgical techniques. Thus far there are forty cataract surgeries and thirty Pterygium surgeries scheduled this year.
This year's Gift of Sight mission has been organized and carried out under the guidance of Gift of Sight Program Director and ophthalmologist, Dr. Ahsan Khan and Assistant Director, Aysha Alburaki. Lead ophthalmologists for the 2013 camp are Dr. Khan and Dr. Bouchard, who is the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. Dr. Djalilian, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, will also be joining. They will be joined by Juan Nuñez, scrub technician, Dr. Syed Saqib Ali, anesthesiologist, Dr. Tayyeba Ali, Cornea and Uveitis Fellow at Bascom Palmer Institute in Miami, and Dr. Iqbal Majeed, ophthalmologist. Supported by technicians, residents, medical students, and photojournalists.
We cannot do this without your support: please consider making a contribution— with a $100 donation, you can cover costs for one cataract surgery and help give the gift of sight.
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