Hello from Haiti – we safely arrived this afternoon and are now at Mevs Charity Hospital in Port-au-Prince. Our arrival was extremely chaotic – men were nearly getting in fistfights over trying to help us with our luggage – we could barely touch our own things! The crowd fighting over us was overwhelming and a bit scary – but we finally found the hospital representative who took us past the heavily armed guards into the hospital compound. The poverty here is unbelievable. 90% of Haitians are unemployed and the majority do not have access to basic medical care. The hospital itself is clearly a somewhat primitive third-world hospital, but is doing an amazing job at trying to care for this underserved population. Mevs Hospital is the main trauma and ICU hospital in this country of 10 million people. We will begin performing the first cataract surgeries ever at this hospital on Monday. Tomorrow we will be traveling to a village outside Port-au-Prince to meet 5 of the patients that we will be performing surgery on. My team and I look forward to a great trip. For more details or donate to the cause…. Paul J. Dougherty, M.D. is a world renowned eye surgeon who has helped pioneer many of today’s most popular vision correction techniques. He founded his own practice, Los Angeles-based Dougherty Laser Vision, and serves as an instructor of ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. He is one of the few surgeons worldwide to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Refractive Surgery published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).