Dr. Brian DeBroff Performs Cataract Surgery in Bangladesh

Cheshire, CT (March 12, 2008) – Dr. Brian DeBroff, Associate Clinical Professor of Opthalmology at Yale University, recently returned from performing cataract surgery on children in Bangladesh. DeBroff is president of Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI), a nonprofit child rights organization based in Cheshire.

Without these cataract procedures, the children Dr. DeBroff operated on were at risk of permanent loss of their eyesight. This was Dr. DeBroff’s first visit to Bangladesh, and his first opportunity to directly participate in DCI’s efforts there. “One of the children I operated on was a nine-year-old boy who was completely blind due to developmental cataracts, and I was thrilled to have the chance to restore his vision,” said DeBroff. “The day after the procedure he was looking at pictures of my children back home in the U.S.”

Dr. DeBroff was also in Bangladesh to officially inaugurate DCI’s Childhood Blindness Prevention Program, whose goal is to provide free preventive eye care, as well as diagnosis and treatment, to underprivileged children worldwide.

To help launch the program, DCI co-sponsored an eye care seminar at which Dr. DeBroff trained Bangladeshi surgeons in a novel cataract surgery technique he helped to develop. Because it is easy to learn and perform, the technique represents a powerful new tool for eye surgeons fighting childhood blindness in developing countries.

“Seeing in person how great the need for this work is in developing countries was a life-changing experience for me. In the future, I’d like to make this eye surgery training seminar in other countries a yearly event,” said DeBroff.