Ophthalmologists at OCLI Prepare Medical Student for Volunteer Trip to Ghana

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Nadimire Jules, a second year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine, recently returned from a very special journey to Ghana, where she spent one month helping local ophthalmologists provide eye care to those living in rural villages. Nadimire received hands-on training for her trip at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island where she shadowed Dr. Peter Wong and Dr. David Sachs.

Nadimire Jules, a second year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine, recently returned from a very special journey to Ghana, where she spent one month helping local ophthalmologists provide eye care to those living in rural villages. Nadimire traveled to Ghana through Unite for Sight, a nonprofit organization providing eye care worldwide and offering high impact hands-on public health opportunities for volunteers.

As part of her preparation, Nadimire shadowed several ophthalmologists at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, Long Island's leading multi-specialty ophthalmology practice where she spent several days in their facilities to gain the additional knowledge and skills she will need while in Ghana. During her training at OCLI Nadimire saw patients with cataracts, glaucoma and other eye conditions, and observed Dr. Peter Wong and Dr. David Sachs (http://www.ocli.net/physicians/ocli-sachs.htm) perform several different eye surgeries at the Island Eye Surgicenter.

Dr. Wong explained, "During our time together Nadimire observed several surgical cases including Ptosis repair, Ectropion repair, and tear drainage procedures. I'm proud to have assisted Nadimire with her request, and to have provided her with the knowledge and skills she needed to help the people of Ghana who cannot avail themselves of medical eye care."

Dr. Wong (http://www.ocli.net/physicians/ocli-wong-old.htm), a partner in OCLI, specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive eye and facial surgery. Dr. Wong received his Medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, where he later completed his Residency in Ophthalmology. Dr. Wong completed his one year Fellowship in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Eye & Facial Plastic Surgery at the Arizona Center for Eye Plastic Surgery in June 1993. He is a member in many professional organizations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association and the New York State Ophthalmology Society.

Ms. Jules remarked, "I am so grateful for the positive response that I have received from Dr. Wong and the other doctors at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island. I truly appreciate the opportunity to have worked with these distinguished ophthalmologists and technicians. The skills they taught me were invaluable when I was working with the ophthalmic staff in Tamale, Ghana".

About Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island
OCLI, one of the largest ophthalmology practices in the nation, consists of 21 eye specialists representing each subspecialty of ophthalmology in 6 locations throughout Long Island; in Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Stony Brook, Manhasset and East Meadow. OCLI also has a research department that is involved in FDA studies to improve the treatment and diagnosing of ophthalmic diseases. For more information, please call 1-866-SEE-OCLI (1-866-733-6254) or visit http://www.ocli.net.

About Unite for Sight ®
Unite For Sight® is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness. Unite For Sight applies best practices in eye care, public health, volunteerism, and social entrepreneurship to achieve our goal of high quality eye care for all. To learn more visit http://www.uniteforsight.org

About Island Eye Surgicenter
Island Eye Surgicenter is a New York State licensed and Medicare certified Ambulatory Surgery Center and has been nationally accredited by AAAHC (the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care). Island Eye Surgicenter is unique in that it specializes in the surgical care and treatment of eye disorders. The center has made significant contributions in its pharmaceutical and device research activities. Island Eye Surgicenter is also a N.Y. State licensed Tissue Transplantation facility, and is a leader in the field of Corneal Transplantation. For more information please visit http://www.islandeye.net.

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