The Ramón Pando Ferrer Ophthalmology Institute’s Ocular Microsurgery Center (CMO) has treated almost a million patients since its inception in 1988.
The center, which is located in Havana, Cuba, was founded by the late former president of the island nation, Fidel Castro. The center has, over the past three decades, developed into a world-renowned technologically equipped innovation eye-care hub. Somewhat hinged on the establishment of Misión Milagro (Operation Miracle) in July 2004. This program, also an initiative of Castro, was put in place to serve people throughout Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
To date, some 977,937 people have been treated at the eye care institution. At the Ninth National Cataracts Workshop, CMO chief Dr. Eneyda de la Caridad Pérez Candelaria reported that 275,773 surgeries have been performed at the center. Candelaria elaborated that almost 200,000 of that figure were cataract-related procedures.
Deputy director of the institute, Reynaldo Ríos Caso, told Agencia Cubana de Noticias that more than three million patients – from over 30 countries – have benefited from the ophthalmological program so far. Caso also said that approximately 662,000 of those patients were treated for cataracts.