By Hoopesvision on February 25, 2011
Cody Arnoux, a young striker from Wilmington North Carolina, joined Real Salt Lake on February 11th after the Utah team won a special lottery for his rights. The 22-year old forward enjoyed a standout three-year career at Wake Forest University, where he made 64 appearances and scored 33 goals helping to lift the Demon Deacons program to elite status in the always-tough Atlantic Coast Conference. During his time at Wake Forest, Cody also played three summers for the Carolina Dynamo in the USL Premier Development League. He then went on to sign a one-year contract with Everton FC in the English Premier League after impressing them on trial. Arnoux scored his first professional goal on October 2, 2010 while playing for USSF Division 2 club Vancouver Whitecaps. He is currently recovering from a knee injury suffered last November, and is hoping to begin playing with Real Salt Lake in April.
Dr. Hoopes had the pleasure of helping Cody prepare for the upcoming season by correcting his vision this past Monday. After evaluating the health of his eyes, Cody proved to be a prime candidate for LASIK surgery and was excited to be able to have his surgery just a few days later. Cody allowed us to follow him around on the day of his surgery, filming his experience so that his fans and our prospective patients can see exactly what it’s like to have LASIK surgery at Hoopes Vision. Now, after LASIK surgery, he is seeing better than 20/20. Congratulations Cody and good luck playing for Real Salt Lake.
By Hoopesvision on February 22, 2011
Dr. Phillip C. Hoopes, Jr. flew to Honduras in February to help render needed cataract surgery for hundreds of visually impaired patients in Honduras. This was his fifth such yearly trip to Honduras to volunteer his surgical skills for these desperate and disadvantaged patients.
Accompanying Dr. Hoopes were Dr. Alan Kozarsky from Atlanta, Georgia, and Dr. Brian Foster. Dr. Kozarsky was Dr. Hoopes’ mentor during his fellowship training in corneal disease and transplantation. Dr. Kozarsky has been traveling to Honduras yearly since 1994 and usually flies his own private plane there. Besides the surgeons, the group brings with them other volunteers who help with the surgeries and patient care.
There are approximately 49,000 people blind from cataracts in Honduras each year. Even with the current levels of charity assistance, the 32 Honduran ophthalmologists capable of performing surgery only are able to remove about 4,000 cataracts per year. More than half of the population of Honduras lives in poverty in rural areas. An estimated one third of Hondurans receive no health care at all. The Honduran health system is so overwhelmed with sickness caused by disease, violence, and infection that ocular health is unfortunately a secondary concern.
More info about this humantarian mission can be found at http://www.operationecho.org/index.html