Palomar Health Eye Surgeon Shares His Skills in Africa for Thanksgiving


Palomar Health eye surgeon Dr. Srinivas Iyengar flew to Kumasi, Ghana during Thanksgiving to teach local eye surgeons eyelid surgery techniques that have saved the sight of more than 23 million people worldwide since 1982. Ghana has a severe shortage of eye care professionals with less than 90 ophthalmologists in a country with 28 million people.

He’s been teaching eyelid surgery in developing countries for the past 10 years, volunteering on the only flying eye hospital in the world, ORBIS One. ORBIS International is a non-profit dedicated to the treatment and prevention of blindness around the world.

With global blindness predicted to triple by 2050, volunteers like Dr. Iyengar are critical to helping the world see.

Thank you Dr. Iyengar for being a great example of giving this holiday season.

Photo captions: Dr. Iyengar (in Orbis cap) shares his surgical training with eye surgeons in Kumasi, Ghana.

Watch Dr. Iyengar on ABC Channel 10

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