There has been an increasing need for ophthalmological care in our region and the demand for surgical services continues to rise with our aging population. Cataract development continues to be the primary cause of progressive vision loss and is the most common surgery performed. The ophthalmology surgical department at Mills Memorial Hospital is a regional service that provides health care for 80,000 in our catchment area.
The current microscope is 15 years old and is currently supporting the work of 24-36 surgeries a week. With three surgeons, and an increased case load, a second instrument is required to support this expanding service as microscopes are not able to be moved. Having an expanded service, and the right number of instruments to support this service, will allow patients in the Northwest to receive their care closer to home and avoid having to incur travel costs and the time to travel.