During their visit, the Israeli doctors examined hundreds of patients, operated on many patients, delivered presentations and lectures and conducted consultations with Uzbek doctors.

 Israeli eye camp in Uzbekistan


(Photo courtesy Israel Embassy, Tashkent)

Israeli eye doctors Yaakov Rozenman and Amos Mazover and operating technician Karina Kritz visited Uzbekistan in the context of an eye-camp mission in October 2011. The event was organized by the Embassy of Israel in Uzbekistan, under the auspices of MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation. All necessary equipment and medication for their activity were brought by the Israeli doctors from Israel. The project was coordinated with the Uzbek Ministry of Health and received its blessing, and the counsellor to the Minister of Health accompanied the Israeli delegation during their mission.

 Israeli eye camp in Uzbekistan

Dr. Mazover examines a patient (Photo courtesy Israel Embassy, Tashkent)

The ophthalmologists – Dr. Yaakov Rozenman, Director of the Ophthalmology Department at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, and Dr. Amos Mazover of Misgav Ladach in Jerusalem – began their mission in Tashkent, at the Uzbek Republican Center for Eye-microsurgery and the Republican Ophthalmological Hospital.

The Israeli team then moved on to Urgench, where they worked at the local branch of  the Uzbek Republican Centre for Eye-microsurgery. There, they examined hundreds of patients and operated on more than a dozen suffering from cataract and glaucoma.

 Israeli eye camp in Uzbekistan

Uzbek doctors watch live broadcast of the surgery (Photo courtesy Israel Embassy, Tashkent)

They introduced such modern surgical methods as the ExPress shunt in difficult-to-control glaucoma – a device developed by the Israeli company Optonol, later acquired by Alcon, the world’s leading eye care company, in December 2009.