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CHHF provides eye care where desperately needed
Vision care is a significant need as most people in the area do not have access to ophthalmic care nor do they have the financial resources to pay for such services. Damage from the bright sun of Central America includes cataracts, degeneration of the retina, and pterygium (an overgrowth on the clear covering of the eye). Loss of clear vision is common.
CHHF Eye Care
Most teams provide and fit patients with reading glasses. These glasses are donated by various charities including Lions Club and AmeriCares.
In addition CHHF offers educational scholarships to help a limited number of children complete their high school and vocational or university education.
Volunteer teams which include an optometrist offer eye exams, ocular disease evaluation and management (glaucoma, infection, allergy, diabetic retinopathy, injuries, etc.), and prescription eyeglasses.
Although most patients can be fit with prescription glasses from the clinic stock, some must be custom made in the States and shipped back with a subsequent team. Several team volunteers have been trained to dispense eyeglasses and assess for cataracts, pterygium and infection using the Eye Doc in a Box system. Refurbished prescription glasses, sized and packaged for reuse, are provided by the Lions Club and others.
When cataracts or pterygium are diagnosed, a surgical referral is made.
Ophthalmic Surgical Care
Each year a large number of patients need to be seen at an ophthalmology clinic for cataract or pterygium surgery. Usually there is a waiting list of at least 12 people seeking a referral. In emergency, these patients can be sent to a clinic in La Ceiba or El Progresso for treatment with charge. Or the Medical Referral Program will schedule treatment with the team of Honduras Eye and Life Program (HELP) which holds surgical clinics once a year without charge for the surgery.
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Your Donation Saves Lives
Our volunteers pay for their own travel and shared team expenses on mission trips. Your donations help maintain the facilities and equipment and fund other programs in Honduras: Education Program, Recycling Program, Community Development, and the Patient Medical Referral Program.
Carolina Honduras Health Foundation is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.
Our Federal Identification Number is 57-1023037. Main Address: PO Box 528, Barnwell, SC 29812, USA.