Eye Health Hero: Dr Mariano Yee Melgar

The Seva Foundation is proud to nominate as its 9GA Eye Health Hero Dr Mariano Yee Melgar, Founder and President of the Board of Directors for VISUALIZA. Established in 2002 as a Foundation for the prevention and cure of blindness in Guatemala, today VISUALIZA also provides training and technical assistance as a mentoring institution for several other programmes and NGOs across Central and South America.

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Through the Eyes of Faith

You'd think it would be enough for a young optometrist to travel to some of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere – Haiti, Jamaica, Guatemala, Cuba, Trinidad – on mission trips for a few weeks a couple of times a year. You’d think Dr. Doug Villella, O.D., would be satisfied knowing he and his colleagues were changing lives by preventing the blindness glaucoma can cause, examining thousands of patients over the years and providing glasses and medication to people who would otherwise have no access to eye care. But he was not.

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