As part of its Vision Care Signature Program, LDS Charities sends technical specialists around the world to increase the quality and availability of vision care in underserved communities. One of these specialists, Dr. Jeff Pettey, visited Tbilisi, Georgia, in December 2014 to partner with local eye care professionals.
While there, he visited a Lions Eye Clinic to meet with medical residents and provide surgical training. He’d brought the Kitaro wet lab simulation tool and several Simuleye simulators for each of the residents to practice surgical simulations. Because surgical training isn’t a part of their medical training, the residents were eager to learn from this unique opportunity and were presented with official certificates of completion from their residency program.
During his trip, Dr. Pettey also spent time at Tbilisi’s blind school, where he donated much-needed school supplies from LDS Charities, including a globe and atlases in braille and writing plates for the students. The school’s 44 students received eye exams from Dr. Pettey and the Tbilisi medical residents, and the students will receive ongoing care from the residency program.
Dr. Pettey concluded his trip by speaking at the Georgian International Ophthalmology Conference on the importance of residency education and surgical training. During the conference he presented equipment donated by LDS Charities that would make this type of training possible.
This trip, like other technical training trips, focused on partnering with local organizations and professionals to enable ongoing change. LDS Charities is happy to contribute to the improvement of vision care in Georgia.