A note from Seva's Executive Director about COVID-19
Eyexcel's objective is to build capacity in partner hospitals to launch or strengthen their training programs to create efficient eye care teams. Partner hospitals are able to train and build more skilled and proficient eye care workers thereby increasing accessibility and availability of quality eye care to underserved communities.
Lack of well-trained eye care team members is one of the most significant barriers to delivering and improving eye care globally.
A skilled Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP) is able to address most eye health conditions at the primary care level and can refer patients to the small number of ophthalmologists when necessary. This allows doctors to work at the top of their skill level.
“Allied Ophthalmic Personnel” (AOP) comprise opticians, ophthalmic nurses, orthoptists, ophthalmic and optometric assistants, ophthalmic and optometric technicians, vision therapists, ocularists, ophthalmic photographer/imagers, and ophthalmic administrators.
Seva along with Aravind Eye Care System and the International Council of Ophthalmology developed the Eyexcel Training to meet this need.
Above: Eye hospital leaders from eight countries attended the July 2018 Eyexcel LA workshop. Photo by Javier Eduardo Cozano Corado.
Sustainable eye care programs can only develop if there is training at every level of eye care from the community health volunteer to the highly skilled ophthalmologist. Seva Foundation supports a variety of strategic training initiatives to increase knowledge sharing among eye hospitals across the globe.
Dr. Marty Spencer recently traveled to Instituto Mexicano de Oftalmología in Querétaro, Mexico to teach additional doctors to perform sight-saving surgeries. This training will increase capacity to address the surgical backlog and end needless blindness that affects so many people throughout Latin America. Watch Seva's featured video to learn how your support is making a difference.
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