I was honored to participate in this important vision-saving mission and proud to say that 30 more Hondurans can now see again.
Charlotte, North Carolina (PRWEB) October 08, 2013
In September, 2013, Dr. Casey Mathys, Cornea and Refractive Surgeon at Christenbury Eye Center, traveled to Honduras on a mission trip through the ECHO Foundation to provide cataract surgeries to 30 patients in need. The mission took place at the Lions Eye Hospital Fraternidad in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
“Christenbury Eye Center is dedicated to helping our community, both locally and for those most in need in the world” says Dr. Casey Mathys. He goes on to say, “I was honored to participate in this important vision-saving mission and proud to say that 30 more Hondurans can now see again.”
During the week-long trip, Dr. Mathys, along with a Honduran physician, Dr. Franco Pacheco, treated a total of 60 patients of various ages and medical challenges. A Honduran medical student interested in ophthalmology assisted Dr. Mathys with translation while learning basic surgical techniques. Dr. Mathys spent one week operating in the Lions Eye Hospital Fraternidad in San Pedro Sula. With donations from Alcon, Starr and Charlotte Surgery Center, Dr. Mathys was able to provide implantable lenses, medicine, and disposable surgical equipment for these procedures. More than 50,000 residents of Honduras need cataract surgery each year, and this condition is the number 1 cause of blindness in this country. In San Pedro Sula, 8,000 residents are blinded by cataracts each year.
Dr. Casey Mathys specializes in corneal transplants and also cataract surgery, multifocal lens implant surgery, Visian ICL procedures and custom LASIK vision correction procedures.
Christenbury Eye Center helps make the world a better place via donations of procedures, the collection of eyeglasses from patients for donation to the Lions Club International and surgery missions, such as this trip to Honduras. Dr. Jonathan Christenbury, the Center's Medical Director, traveled to Nicaragua earlier this year to provide 25 cataract surgeries to those in need. To make a donation to OperationECHO, please visit http://www.operationECHO.org.
Christenbury Eye Center now exclusively offers in-office Laser Cataract Surgery using the Catalys laser in addition to Laser ReSTOR, LASIK and Visian ICL surgeries. For more information about Dr. Casey Mathys and the Christenbury Eye Center, please visit the Christenbury Eye Center website or call us at (877) 702-2020.
About the Christenbury Eye Center
Dr. Jonathan Christenbury established Christenbury Eye Center in 1987 and is known for his groundbreaking work in vision care. For more than a decade he has consistently been one of the first surgeons in the Carolinas to perform many pioneering vision care procedures including LASIK, Visian ICL, and ReSTOR.
Dr. Christenbury performed the first LASIK procedure in the Carolinas in the early 1990s and since that time has performed more than 75,000 laser vision correction procedures. He also performed the first IntraLASIK procedure on the East Coast in 2002 and the first WaveFront Customized IntraLASIK in the Carolinas in 2005. In the Spring of 2005, the doctor was the first Carolinas eye surgeon to perform the ReSTOR® procedure, used both for the treatment of cataracts and for Presbyopia, eliminating reading glasses and bifocals. Today, Dr. Christenbury is the most experienced ReSTOR surgeon in the United States.