This month, we invited one our optometrists to share the importance of the work she does. We are so inspired by the lives being improved each day through our team's work and dedication. Here, in Yuribeth's words:
Recently, the Clinica Verde team attended to the community Cerro de Piedra, which is very remote and difficult to access. There, we found a 49-year-old woman with an affectation in the left eye that came for an optometric consultation. When she underwent an ocular physical examination, we found multiple red and black nodules inside and outside her eyes. The patient felt shame not only because of the appearance of her injuries but also because of the smell they emitted. It was a very shocking case. The whole team we attended was stupefied, as it was the first time we saw something like that. During the exam the lady could not read the larger letters of the eye chart we used to assess visual acuity. She could scarcely perceive the movement of the hands before her.
The medical and optometric evaluation concluded that we were in the presence of an ocular tumor that can reach locally to the orbit, the eyeball and the brain, so an ophthalmological evaluation was urgently needed to perform an operation.
The patient asked for help to treat this problem. We took care of her with great respect. We also donated dark glasses so she could go out and move around freely without people seeing the embarrassing appearance of her problem.
Clinica Verde does not have operating rooms for this type of problem, but it does have a compassionate team committed to helping people in need, as in this case. For this reason, we are having the contacts made for this patient to be managed by a higher level of ophthalmologic care, referring the patient to the FONIPRECE Foundation in Managua or to the center specializing in ophthalmological diseases for the prompt intervention, improvement or cure of our patient.
For me as an Optometrist it is a great experience to be able to reach these types of places where access to health services are very difficult, especially those related to optometry. In the communities that we visit, most of the people from the youngest to the elderly have never had an eye examination during their whole life. If injuries such as the one discussed in this case are identified and treated early we can prevent complications such as blindness. This is our great motivation to continue in the struggle to reach the most remote places and be able to give our professional help and human warmth to those in need.
I am tremendously grateful to those who support Clinica Verde – and who help restore vision to those who otherwise would be left in darkness.
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