During the last week in January, 2017, we carried out a very successful vision clinic in the Dominican Republic city of San Pedro de Macoris. On behalf of the entire medical eye team and on behalf of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Savannah (our primary sponsor), we wish to thank you for your crucial contribution to the project.
This was the fourth year that we have conducted this clinic in the same community, and we plan to continue doing so on an annual basis with the possibility of adding a second surgical team. Our group of 22 volunteers, including 7 medical professionals, were complemented by 5 local volunteers who served primarily as translators for the team members. We saw nearly 1000 patients in five days while giving out around 1,500 pairs of glasses, including readers and sun glasses, in additional to donated Rx glasses. About 130 of the patients we saw will require additional care for cataract removal, glaucoma, pterygium, etc.
This clinic is made possible by donations from 25 to 30 organizations, including churches, clinics, manufacturers and vendors of eye wear, eye medications, and diagnostic equipment, as well as a number of individual donations. We estimate that we delivered well over $250,000 in goods and services during the week we were there.
We can assure you that your contribution was very instrumental in bringing the blessings of good vision to many people who would otherwise not be able to afford it.
Dave Sweeterman, Eye Clinic Mission Team