Dr. Norah Lincoff, who directs the neuro-ophthalmology program for UB Neurology, traveled to Camoapa, Nicaragua in February 2014, as part of the Western New York Nicaragua Vision Care Mission Project 2014. This volunteer mission is organized by the Lions Club Buffalo, Lions Club Camoapa and Hopeful Ways, Inc. The group from Western New York consisted of over 30 professionals, local interpreters, and Peace Corps volunteers. Over a 14 day period, they treated about 2600 impoverished patients by conducting eye examinations, providing corrective glasses, giving medical treatment, and performing about 81 ophthalmological surgeries.
Created 30 years ago by Ann Marie Zon, a former resident of Buffalo who now lives in Nicaragua, the mission aims to improve the quality of life for underserved Nicaraguans by helping preserve visual function. The mission conducted a similar project in 2013 in Rivas Nicaragua and plans to return to Camoapa in 2015. The volunteer effort is made possible by generous donations made throughout the year.