A Farsighted Cause
Micro Medical Devices, Inc. (MMD) was founded with a mission to promote health and well-being around the globe. While the company focuses on technological innovations in the development of handheld medical devices, MMD also offers support to humanitarian groups serving beyond their borders.
Under the Mission Outreach program, MMD provides its PalmScan devices to such humanitarian organization that are providing eye care to remote locations around the globe. Since, MMD’s devices are battery operated and portable, they perfectly complement the objectives of Mission Outreach Programs.
MMD’s Mission Outreach is an extraordinary effort to save the vision of people living in remote areas with no access to proper medical care. According to a currently published report, around 90% of blind people live in under developed countries. This is primarily due to unavailability of proper living conditions and medical facilities.
A more shocking study revealed that 70% of blindness and visual impairment can be prevented or treated with proper and timely medical help. This is the reason why a good number of humanitarian groups in developed countries including the US have started their campaign to save the vision of people living in underprivileged areas across the globe.
The disease identified as the major cause of blindness worldwide is Cataracts. This disease affects the vision of more than 30 million people around the world. Again, the risk is higher in developing countries. This is the reason MMD’s PalmScan A2000 A-Scan biometer is the most requested device for mission work. PalmScan A2000 A-Scan is an ultrasonic biometer that can accurately measure the structures of the human eye and based on those measurements recommend the proper lens power that will be implanted during Cataract lens replacement surgery. By implanting the proper lens during Cataract surgery, ophthalmologists can give their patients as close to perfect vision as possible. This will relieve patients from the need for prescription glasses which may be hard to find in some of these remote villages.
Sights & Stories
MMD’s Mission Outreach has helped numerous groups and organizations in their missions outside the US. The following are the highlights from some of the countries that have benefited from this program.
Guatemala – Since 2007, MMD has joined forces with three different organizations working in Guatemala. PalmScan A2000 was highly praised for its ease of use as two of the team members with no ophthalmic knowledge learned its usage through basic probe technique training.
Sierra Leone – MMD has helped Southern Eye Institute and Vision Outreach International in their philanthropic efforts in the region.
Dominican Republic – Sanford Clinic has trusted MMD for two of its missions in Dominican Republic since 2009. Achieve Eye & Laser Specialists also plan to use MMD’s scanner again for their second mission in the region.
Haiti – PalmScan A2000 has been a constant partner of Baptist Eye Surgeons on their continuous crusade against blindness and vision impairment due to cataract and other related diseases in Haiti.
Philippines –The portable scanner was a real relief while Kaiser Permanente traveled to remote areas of the Philippines despite strict weight restrictions. The accuracy of MMD devices helped them receive aimed results.
El Salvador – North Idaho Cataract and Laser Center launched their El Salvador mission in 2007. During their mission, the organization faced a terrible case where a baby had a serious eye injury. Despite the complications, PalmScan helped them acquire accurate readings and positive results.
Visit our Humanitarian Efforts Page to read letters and view pictures of the good work done.
Micro Medical Devices, saving vision from a box.
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