Dr. Chu and Chu Vision Foundation joined Hawaiian Eye Foundation (HEF) volunteer faculty in August 2015 traveling to the capital city of Yangon in Myanmar. While there, Dr. Chu performed surgery while instructing dozens of Burmese ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents on the latest technologies and procedures.
Myanmar, formerly Burma, was closed off from the rest of the world. Isolation couldn’t make them immune from the debilitating effects of blindness – and only crystalized the desperate need for more highly trained surgeons to treat it.
In many countries, cataract sufferers require a sighted person to guide them through daily life. Cataract surgery gives patients back their independence and also increases the productivity of former sighted guides.