Mr Nick A Jacobs FRCS FRCOphth
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Albanians are given a rare glimpse of hope.

Two British surgeons were flown into the capital of Europe's poorest country by the charity 'Taskforce Albania' to treat eye diseases.

"It's been a really wonderful experience," said Mr Jacobs. "Given the circunstances, I don't know how the doctors have coped so long."

The operating theatre is one of the best in Albania, but still the walls are grimy, and the operating table is a thin matress with straw poking out of worn corners. The only sophisticated equipment is a microscope, found at the palace Enver Hoxha, Albania's late dictator.

Working with an Albanian colleague, Dr Sulejman Zhugli, the chief of Tirana's eye clinic, Mr Jacobs had performed 12 operations, six on orphans.

While the Albanian medical staff watched the British surgeons' every move - "the worlds best," said Dr Zhugli - Mr Jacobs said he had also learnt from the visit: "I've experienced something really basic. You can achieve a lot with very little."

BBC News Report of The New Victoria Hospital visit to Albanian Eye Unit.

Brighter future's on the cards after lens implant

Kingston Guardian
July 5, 2007

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Cataract, Clear Lens Extraction, Glaucoma