Eye care is one of the most common acute medical needs after natural disasters. After recent hurricanes devastated Houston, Texas, and Puerto Rico, ophthalmologists were quick to respond, but having a plan in place speeds aid. Several groups are now developing plans that can be shared and modified for particular settings, according to a report in Medscape.
In Houston, specialty eye care clinics were promptly established within shelters, as the city had an eye care disaster plan in place. Puerto Rico, lacking such a plan, relied on a dedicated group of ophthalmologists on the mainland to bring order to the chaos.
At the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 2017 Annual Meeting, these dedicated ophthalmologists told their stories.