Since its launch in 2013, this initiative has provided assistance to around 200 patients, performing more than 400 tests and 180 surgical interventions, as well as providing medical treatment and optical correction in the required cases.
Opportunity to turn an unfavourable situation around
Difficulties in accessing cataract surgery or retinal diseases - the most frequently treated cases under the program - not only lead to a significant reduction in the vision of those affected, but also affect their ability to develop autonomously and overcome adversity. For this reason, being part of the program has been a turning point in the lives of these patients. According to the experience of the testimonials received by the project, the program is an alternative to a tunnel with no end in sight.
Operation Vision covers not only the surgical procedure itself but the entire process of treatment of these patients, including the visit and diagnostic tests, as well as postoperative follow-up visits and discharge reports. To this end, the Institute of Ocular Microsurgery (IMO) dedicates the experience and knowledge of its professionals, as well as facilities equipped with the latest technological equipment that allow us to offer specialised care of the highest quality.
Who can be included in the programme?
Patients with ophthalmic emergencies who meet the following requirements are eligible for Operation Vision:
- Residing in Spain
- Being in a situation of economic vulnerability
- Suffering from an ocular pathology that requires urgent attention, something that will be assessed by IMO's Medical Committee of experts.
What documentation must be submitted to apply for the program?
Those interested in joining the program must submit:
- A socioeconomic report made by a registered social worker, which accredits a situation of economic precariousness. It is also possible to contact the nearest Càritas centre to obtain this report
- Current medical reports on their eye pathology
The documentation must be sent through the contact form to be evaluated by the Medical Committee of the program.
As soon as possible, the patient will receive confirmation or denial of access to Operation Vision.
New challenges to go further
Although Operation Vision was initially planned as a one-year project in the area of Catalonia, it has been growing thanks to the involvement of professionals from the IMO Foundation and the contribution of entities and individuals committed to eye health. Thus, after extending and extending its scope of action to the whole of Spain in 2014, the initiative is maintained in 2019 and, with the aim of making it sustainable, focuses on offering a solution only to the eye health emergencies of the most disadvantaged groups.
Treatments provided by subspecialty
Operation Vision Testimonials
In 2015, the scale of the Operation Vision programme increased considerably thanks to which 108 basic visits and 144 follow-up visits were carried out (approximately double compared with the previous year).
The tests most commonly requested during these check-ups - to confirm the pathology diagnosis or to assess its evolution - were optical coherence tomography (OCT), used to view the different layers of the retina (63 tests); retinography, consisting of a colour photograph of this tissue (52 tests); and campimetry, used to assess the patient's field of vision (25 tests).
Tests most commonly requested
In terms of the surgical procedures carried out as part of Operation Vision, more than 1 in 4 were cataracts operations (phacoemulsification with the implant of an intraocular lens), the most common pathology within the programme and the leading cause of blindness in the world.
Another common procedure, with 12 operations in 2015, was vitrectomy, a technique used to treat different retinal diseases such as retinal detachment, macular hole or diabetic retinopathy, among others.
Procedures most commonly carried out