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Volume 11 • No 3 • Winter 2014/2015

The big picture

Vanesa Jasmin and Giancarlo Moya with their mother

Hope

Setting sights on
a clearer future

It was too late for UC Davis Eye Center surgeons
to restore vision for Vanesa Jasmin Moya, 5, already irreversibly blind from a rare form of congenital glaucoma that progressed before eye specialists in her native country could properly treat her. But adults and children are benefitting from a longstanding partnership between UC Davis and Orbis International, a global nonprofit dedicated to preventing and treating avoidable forms of
blindness. The physician teams treat patients in developing countries as well as teach physicians critically important skills and techniques
to use in the future. Vanesa’s brother,
Giancarlo, 10, is one of the many
success stories emerging from a
recent medical mission to Trujillo, Peru.
UC Davis surgeons alleviated the high
ocular pressure in Giancarlo’s left eye by
implanting a drainage device. He will be
able to read and go to school, important
to his quality of life. The outreach effort
is one of the many ways that UC Davis
is making an international impact
through its research, education and
health-care programs and is finding
solutions to some the world’s most
pressing challenges.

Vanesa Jasmin and Giancarlo Moya with their mother

Hope

Setting sights on
a clearer future

It was too late for UC Davis Eye Center surgeons to restore vision for Vanesa Jasmin Moya, 5, already irreversibly blind from a rare form of congenital glaucoma that progressed before eye specialists in her native country could properly treat her. But adults and children are benefitting from a longstanding partnership between UC Davis and Orbis International, a global nonprofit dedicated to preventing and treating avoidable forms of blindness. The physician teams treat patients in developing countries as well as teach physicians critically important skills and techniques to use in the future. Vanesa’s brother, Giancarlo, 10, is one of the many success stories emerging from a recent medical mission to Trujillo, Peru. UC Davis surgeons alleviated the high ocular pressure in Giancarlo’s left eye by implanting a drainage device. He will be able to read and go to school, important to his quality of life. The outreach effort is one of the many ways that UC Davis is making an international impact through its research, education and health-care programs and is finding solutions to some the world’s most pressing challenges.