David Silbert, MD, FAAP and his team have traveled to several different international locations on medical missions, including sites in Columbia, Ecuador, and Honduras. On these missions the team provides eye care to children who might otherwise never have their vision screened.
David Silbert, MD, FAAP and his team couldn’t wait to get back to Ecuador after the pandemic and a three-year hiatus from mission trips. In partnership with Partners for Andean Community Health, FIBUSPM, and Princeton University, Dr. Silbert and his team were able to screen more than 1,900 children for glasses and other vision issues in 5 days. Furthermore, they were able to prescribe 394 pairs of glasses to children in need of vision correction. This mission not only set a new screening record for the Conestoga Eye Mission team, but PACH and FIBSUPM as well.
One of our mission days this year was the unprecedented goal of screening 500 children in one day. For context, our biggest days in the past were in the 300s. Screening students on the scale our team screens is unheard of in the field. We are able to do this volume with excellence because of the technology we use and the ability for our lay volunteers to participate.
Spring 2017 - Latacunga, Riobamba, and Tunguragua Ecuador
This year’s medical mission took us through out the valley of fire – traveling between all 6 major volcanoes in Ecuador and adventuring wildly close to the Amazon. Over 5 days, we screening more than 1,200 people, prescribing 120 pairs of glasses to children in need.
Spring 2016 - Riobamba, Ecuador
Dr. Silbert and his team screened over 1,100 children in 5 days, providing 166 pairs of glasses and performing 16 surgeries.
Spring 2015 - Riobamba, Ecuador
With 816 eye exams provided and a combined 415 prescriptions measured and eyeglasses fit—spring break for Dr. Silbert, and 10 Linden Hall students was a bold and fearlessly executed success. The team spent 3 days at location throughout urban and rural Riobamba Ecuador.