I'm Jeff Rutgard. I appreciate your visit.
I have many heroes in my life. I have met a few new ones over the past months and would like to share their names with you. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Hai of Viet Nam is being sponsored by Dr. Tom Harvey, Dr. Erik Happ and Ric Tiplady for a visit to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, California and Hawaii. The tips and techniques Hai will learn on his visit here will give him great confidence while helping the poor and needy blind in our world. Dr. Happ, Dr. Harvey and Ric Tiplady are my heroes for going to extremes for our fellow man. I pray for the continued goodness and many gifts these and other heroes have brought to us.
I must also mention Dr. Mary Ohara for her great works done in Ho Chi Minh City (June, 2012) with a team of 5 volunteers, training Vietnamese practitioners on pediatric eye surgeries. She is my hero and should be yours. Pray for continued good works of all these wonderful people.
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"People of the Pacific Basin, because of isolation and impoverishment, are often unserved or underserved by eye care practitioners and face urgent needs for the prevention and treatment of vision loss and blindness due to conditions such as cataracts, pterygium (related to sun exposure), diabetic retinopathy, and corneal trauma. I am one of the many fortunate ones who do this work. "Join me," says Dr. Jeff Rutgard of La Jolla, CA USA.
BLIND LEADING BLIND? "My worst nightmare, says Dr. Jeff. This picture is what keeps me going. A blind person is such a huge drain on a family or community, because a productive member must stay behind to care for the afflicted person. This means that two people are not productive, not just one. In poor economies, this often means no food."
ATOLL, Marshall Islands, Oct. 21, 2011 -- Helping the blind see was just one of the goals for a team of volunteer medical professionals who spent two weeks working on Ebeye and departed Friday.
"We do expeditions for training, outreach programs, surgeries and much more, says Dr. Rutgard. While a "cut in pay" for most all eye surgeons, at the same time it is the most rewarding experience one will ever find; serving mankind. One cannot believe we get to do this job! We are all blessed by it every day.
If you have a moment, enter your info below so that I may email you from time to time, letting you know how it goes and where we are. Sharing the challenges with others is important to us."
A group of eye surgeons travel the world, restoring sight to thousands. La Jolla friends set up a site to assist them, called http://iambassador.org. If you wish to sign up for a mission to somewhere wonderful, or would like to donate, do it there.
US ARMY - - "Our goal is to help as many people as possible who need the help," Dr. Jeff Rutgard, an ophthalmologist based in California, said. Rutgard also teaches classes in his specialty on a pro bono basis as Loma Linda University in California.
Cataracts, Laser Cataract Surgery & Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL)
Where do Dr. Rutgard and friends do surgeries? All over the World! Cataracts are caused by many things mostly related to diet or the blazing sun, so Dr. Rutgard and others perform most surgeries near the equator. The sun is a major factor, for certain. Cataract Surgery is an important type of eye surgery that you
should learn about as you get older.
Chances of developing an
eye Cataract as we age are quite high. Today, we know a great deal about
the causes of a Cataract and the types of Cataract symptoms that
disturb vision. Ophthalmologists/Cataract
Surgeons report that Cataracts have become an increasingly common cause
of decreased vision as our population ages and lives longer. In fact Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among people over 55 and Cataract
Surgery with an Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) is one of the most
frequent types of operations Rutgard performs.
This may be a reflection of the changing demographics of our population. In 2006, 80 million “baby boomers” began turning 60 and it is estimated that by 2011 there will be 40 million people above the age of 65 in our population-and by 2020 there will be close to 55 million! In the United States, Cataract incidence has been reported to be approximately 42% in those aged 52 to 64, 60% in those aged 65 to 74 and 91% in those aged 75 to 85.
Fortunately, if you are bothered by the symptoms of Cataracts, they are readily treatable. Both Surgeons and patients have benefited from advances in technology, making Cataract Surgery and Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL) not only one of the most frequently performed types of eye surgery but also one of the safest and effective types of surgery available in the United States today. Cataract surgery recovery is usually quite uneventful and Cataract Surgery problems and complications are infrequent. Rutgard and others do these under the most extreme conditions with great success.
Each year Cataract Surgeons in the United States provide surgery to a growing number of eye patients. They successfully perform more than 3 million Cataract operations and restore vision after Cataract Surgery by implanting tiny, permanent artificial Intraocular Lens Implants or IOLs to achieve vision correction after surgery. The short recovery time after Cataract Surgery allows the vast majority of patients to resume their everyday activities within a day or so after their Cataract procedure.
For most people, the cost of Cataract Surgery is partially or completely covered by private insurance or Medicare, making these cataract surgeries a manageable expense. Patients considering eye cataract surgery should note that although the cataract surgery costs are covered, Medicare and most private insurances only cover the basic cost of an Intraocular Lens Implant and require that the patient pay personally for toric lens implants to correct astigmatism as well as the cost of Multifocal Lens Implants as these are considered the best lens implants for vision correction.
The technology of Cataract Surgery is truly amazing. Modern
Cataract Surgery is usually performed using a microsurgical technique
whereby the Cataract is gently “chopped up” and “suctioned” to remove
it. There are many technological advances in Phacoemulsification that
have enabled skilled Cataract Surgeons to perform Cataract Surgery and
provide Lens Implants through very tiny incisions requiring only eye
drops, rather than needles or injections for anesthesia and without the
need for stitches or a patch after the surgery. This allows patients to
have a very quick visual recovery.
In most cases patients can have the
added comfort and convenience of having their Cataracts removed in an
outpatient ambulatory eye surgery center rather than a hospital. Even
with the very high level of safety, efficacy and predictability, the
technology for performing Cataract Surgery and Cataract operation
procedures continues to advance through the use of lasers.
Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery
is rapidly emerging as a potential technology that uses the precision
of the laser to facilitate an even greater level of success.
Once a track record of measurable improvement is demonstrated it is likely that Cataract Surgery with lasers will become a useful clinical tool for eye surgeons. With surgeon direction and computer control, Laser Cataract Surgery offers the possibility of greater surgical precision typically demonstrated by incorporation of lasers into eye surgery procedures.
The technology of Lens Implants
(IOL) has also improved dramatically. During the initial 15 years or so
that Lens Implants were used for vision correction after Cataract
Surgery they were designed and manufactured out of rigid materials and
required a modest but significant incision in order to be implanted.
Today, Lens Implants are manufactured from flexible and foldable
materials allowing Cataract Surgeons to implant or “inject” them through
very tiny incisions-so small that they do not even require stitches or
sutures to close the incision. Rutgard is a leading expert in this field, and has done thousands free of charge. Some say he has set a World's record for more free eye surgeries than anyone. Guinness Book?
During the first 25 years or so that Lens implants were used for vision correction after Cataract Surgery, the goal was to simply correct distance or far vision, as best as possible. This often necessitated that patients wear eyeglasses to get the sharpest distance vision if they had astigmatism. Further virtually 90% or more of Cataract patients had to wear either reading glasses, bifocals or trifocals after Cataract Surgery in order to see at intermediate distances such as arms length and certainly for near vision or seeing things up close. Today, most Cataract Surgery Centers and their Cataract Surgeons are able to offer patients astigmatism correcting Toric Lens Implants as well as near vision and presbyopia correcting Lens Implants to help patients minimize or possibly even eliminate their need for eyeglasses, reading glasses, bifocals or trifocals after Cataract Surgery.
Although patients with Cataracts today should be reassured that the technology of Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants along with the comfort, convenience and sophistication of outpatient cataract surgery centers can provide a safe and effective Cataract Surgery experience, the single most important choice one will need to make is in the selection of a Cataract Surgeon. Choose a Cataract Doctor who is a Cataract Specialist and who is experienced with the many types of IOLs available for correcting your vision and optimizing the Cataract treatment for your lifestyle needs.
Dr. Rutgard, of La Jolla, California, USA hopes you use this information
about Cataracts, Cataract Surgeries, and Lens Implants. Perhaps this will help you make a more informed decision if you need this treatment.