Hi I am Dr. Matt Oliva. My Mission: Rid the Developing World of Treatable Blindness. Ask me anything!
I am an ophthalmologist and corneal surgeon and am deeply passionate about international service. I am a board member of the Himalayan Cataract Project (cureblindness.org) – a non-profit foundation aimed at eliminating treatable blindness in the developing world.
I’ve traveled all over the globe, from Ethiopia to Nepal, to perform, and more importantly, to teach cataract surgery. While cataracts are usually an issue for the elderly in the US, cataracts are the leading cause of treatable blindness for people of all ages in the developing world. So far, the HCP team has restored sight to more than 260,000 children and adults in the most unreachable parts of the Himalayas and Sub-Saharan Africa with effective, high-quality cataract operations, and has trained hundreds of eye care professionals to treat their own citizens.
A new book just came out that describes some of the work I’ve done and tells the story of my incredible colleagues and co-founders of HCP, Dr. Geoff Tabin and Dr. Sanduk Ruit. The book is called Second Suns: Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives.
The book was featured in the Washington Post
Dr. Tabin spoke about HCP on Huffington Post Live recently.
To learn more about my work with HCP and to donate, please visit: http://www.cureblindness.org/who/board-of-directors/#c87.
Here’s proof! http://imgur.com/Rjeo8MS
I think it’s totally possible to eradicate treatable blindness in our lifetime. Ask me anything!