Rwanda residents treating patients under the watchful eye of Dr. Ansari, Wills Eye Global Fellow

cataract campaign

cataract campaignAnother cataract campaign success! Pictured here are the Rwandan International Institute of Ophthalmology (RIIO) residents, who successfully learned and completed peribulbar transcutaneous and transconjunctival blocks quite proficiently (now unsupervised!). It’s critical for all eye surgeons and anesthesiologist to learn how to perform these procedures as the risks of error can lead to devastating consequences (globe ruptures, inappropriate cannulation of an artery, etc). By the end of the campaign, the residents were able to explain and pass on their knowledge to the nurse anesthetists and other support staff, paving the way for sustainability.  (Pictures were obtained with the consent of the patient and treating physician)