Ophthalmologist D. Russell Brear performs eye surgery on Karen Hernandez, 14, of Honduras Monday afternoon at the Culpeper Surgery Center.
...Ophthalmologist D. Russell Brear performs eye surgery on Karen Hernandez, 14, of Honduras Monday afternoon at the Culpeper Surgery Center. (Staff Photo, Vincent Vala)
...Dr. D. Russell Brear, an ophthalmologist at the Commonwealth Eye Center in Culpeper, first met Karen in August during a philanthropic mission trip in Honduras while working with "Sight for the Blind" program, a service that provides pricey sight-saving procedures at no cost to families who can't afford it.
, sporting a blue disposable gown over his
colorful scrubs and a surgical mask on his
face, prepared for the 90-minute outpatient surgery on the brown-eyed teenager.
The procedureUnder monitored anesthesia care, Karen lay beneath an oversized operating microscope through which Brear looked.
The continuous beeping heart monitor and soothing Enrique Iglesias tunes filled the otherwise quiet room.
To begin, Brear
placed a sterile metal lid speculum - a device used to hold a patient's eyelids open during surgery - on Karen's right eye while he
created a tiny incision above her
Using tweezers, a tiny surgical knife and steady hands, Brear
meticulously inserted a mini glaucoma shunt into Karen's right eye to help alleviate the pressure.
Meanwhile as a tiny camera captured Brear's
every move, a monitor situated behind him displayed the precise procedure.
A handful of nurses assisted Brear
by swabbing the excess fluid around Karen's right eye during the procedure.
Looking through the high-powered lens, Brear
sutured the tiny incisions on Karen's eye to conclude the surgery.
After the surgery, Brear
thanked the staff for donating their time and pointed out that a manufacturer contributed the materials - making Monday's procedure possible.In addition to this charitable event, Brear also works with the Culpeper Free Clinic, the Lions Club and the American Academy of Ophthalmology offering a variety of free services.
feels good about doing it.
"It's great," he
said."I have a talent that I can share and I owe humanity to try and do anything that I can to share my talent."Brear
said he'll continue to follow Karen's progress.
Still a bit groggy, Karen managed to ask Brear
removed the stitches from her
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> >Reader's ReactionGive your opinion on this story.Click the link to post your comment.Posted on 04/01 at 12:31 PMThis tremendous deed, by not only Dr. Brear
but the rest of the medical staff as well as front office staff, will have far reaching impact.
What a go Russell