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July 20, 2012

HCP's Dr. Geoff Tabin speaks about affordable, sustainable eye care

HCP Co-Director Dr. Geoff Tabin recently spoke at the Extreme Affordability Conference at the University of Utah, where speakers addressed challenges to the ecosystem of surgical care and offered tested and innovative solutions. Geoff's talk was titled “Impossible Dreams: The Ascent of Everest and the Sustainable Eradication of Blindness,” and it can now be viewed on YouTube.

Geoff discussed the things that are needed for sustainability in eye care in remote corners of the globe. He remarked, “You have to have [surgery and eye care] quality that is second to none. You have to have a perceived quality in the local providers.” In addition to specific eye care intervention events, HCP spends much of its time training local doctors and eye care professionals while helping to create and support eye care facilities in areas where none existed.

Geoff also spoke about his history with climbing mountains and becoming involved in international ophthalmology.