Eye to the Sky: Ophthalmologists Aided Hurricane Response
Monday, November 20, 2017 | Miscellaneous
Eye care is one of the most common acute medical needs after natural disasters. After recent hurricanes devastated Houston, Texas, and Puerto Rico, ophthalmologists were quick to respond, but having a plan in place speeds aid. Several groups are now developing plans that can be shared and modified for particular settings, according to a report in Medscape.
In Houston, specialty eye care clinics were promptly established within shelters, as the city had an eye care disaster plan in place. Puerto Rico, lacking such a plan, relied on a dedicated group of ophthalmologists on the mainland to bring order to the chaos.
At the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 2017 Annual Meeting, these dedicated ophthalmologists told their stories.
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