Joseph M. Coney, MD, traveled to Port au Prince, Haiti in May for the first of many trips to the region to train qualified general ophthalmologists there in the skills needed to perform retinal surgery and procedures.
Currently, there are no retinal surgeons in Haiti, and access to medical retinal care is limited. Dr. Coneys goal is to improve that situation for the Haitian people.
His humanitarian mission trip was just the beginning of a multi-year commitment to train local ophthalmologists who are interested in learning to perform retinal surgery and, in turn, helping future generations of ophthalmologists to become proficient in these procedures.
This rewarding and humbling experience was made possible through SEE International and the Alcon Foundation, who donated surgical supplies to treat debilitating ocular diseases.
During his trip, Dr. Coney examined patients in the office, performed complex retinal surgeries, and mentored a general ophthalmologist in the techniques he was using.
Retina Associates of Cleveland congratulates Dr. Coney for his humanitarian efforts and compassionate care.