Santa Barbara Nurse Brings the Gift of Sight to Ensenada

Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International is excited to welcome home Elizabeth Link from her expedition to Ensenada, Mexico, which took place October 26th-27th. Ms. Link, a Santa Barbara-area RN, donated time and valuable services performing free cataract surgeries for ten senior-aged patients who would not otherwise have been able to afford care.

Ms. Link served as part of a team led by Dr. Marco Barrera, a Sonora-based doctor, in performing a new surgical technique called the Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery, or MSICS. This method creates a tiny incision in the cornea that heals quickly, without needing sutures. As part of his expedition, Dr. Barrera and Ms. Link also instructed local eye doctors on this procedure, so that members of their community can have better access to it in the future.

The team also included Ms. Link’s two daughters, Julia and Dana Link-Herrera. Julia is currently applying for medical school, and Dana works for a nonprofit in San Diego.

About SEE International

Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization that provides medical, surgical, and educational services by volunteer ophthalmic surgeons with the primary objective of restoring sight to disadvantaged blind individuals worldwide.


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