Hoopes Vision surgeons and doctors Phillip C. Hoopes, Jr., Michael Bradley, and Weston Barney are once again in Honduras performing volunteer cataract and transplant surgeries this week. This is the 12th year for Dr. Hoopes and 5th year for Dr. Bradley and Barney. This is part of a foundation, ECHO (Eradicating Cataracts Honduras Outreach Foundation) and Dr. Hoopes serves on the board as a Director. There are 160,000 blind people living in Honduras because of advanced cataracts. Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere and has the lowest cataract surgery rate in Latin America. There are less than 90 surgically active ophthalmologists in Honduras. To date, ECHO and their partner’s efforts have resulted in more than 6,000 sight-restoring surgeries for the people in Honduras.
Here is Dr. Hoopes’ report on their second day of surgeries: “2nd day divided between postops from yesterday, cataract screening for today and surgery. Nothing better than to take the patch off someone who was blind and can see their family for the first time in years. Emotional day.”