Patients arriving for care are first registered in the clinic. They are
given a patient card and are seen by ophthalmic nurses who take a medical
history, as well as measure the vision and tension. Paperwork is very
limited. Treatment, of course, is partly dictated by the limited, on-hand
supply of medicine and supplies.The clinic is overseen by a Nigerian
ophthalmologist, Dr. Helen Oko, who works with the FOCUS doctors.
Patients who need surgery are admitted to the hospital. where they get a CBC
and urine test. Printed preoperative orders are signed by the surgeon the
night before surgery. Patients are moved to the OR tables, where there is a
two-to-three minute turnover time between cases. Preps, and occasionally
retrobulbars, are done by the staff to expedite surgery.
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