Dr. Rutgard and Dr. Pluenneke post-op with a Bolivian patient

Dr. Rutgard and Dr. Pluenneke post-op with a Bolivian patient

According to the World Health Organization, more than 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries. The MMI Vision Care Program provides all aspects of eye health care – from initial exams to prescription eyeglasses and life changing surgeries. Project Teams of ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, technicians, nurses, and support personnel promote eye health and provide direct patient care. Services include: vision screenings, auto and manual refractions, medical consultations, eyeglass dispensing, prostheses fittings, and surgeries including: cataract, strabismus, ectropion/entropion, plastics, glaucoma, retina, laser treatments, pterygia grafts, and other minor surgeries.

Training

MMI supports residency training programs to assist local physicians to become ophthalmologists, including additional fellowship training in retina, anterior segment, oculo-plastics and corneal specialties. Optical Centers are developed and optometrists are trained to provide eye examinations and screen for disease.

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VISION PATIENTS in 2017

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22,019 Adults

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2,034 Children

Total Direct Funding in 2017: $765,636

  Mother and Son Receive Glasses in Bolivia

Mother and Son Receive Glasses in Bolivia

Vision Services Provided on mmi projects in 2017: 67,947