The Clinic

Typically over 50 patients are seen each day in the clinic, usually by two or three ophthalmologists.

The common conditions seen in the clinic are dry eyes, allergic conjunctivitis, pterygia, cataracts, glaucoma, corneal scars, and old trachoma.

Most of the patients do not speak English,  and many speak only the local Mayan dialect, K’iche’, instead of Spanish.  Translators in the clinic work with the physicians and patients to aid in communication.

The group brings a large supply of common ocular medications, including artificial tears, antihistamines, antibiotics, steroids, and glaucoma drugs.

After examination, patients are provided with appropriate medication if indicated, free of charge, and instructions on diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up.

Every year since 1981, eye surgeries began in The Clinica Maxeña.

We welcomed Dr Martin Fishman and his team of ten; nurses, translator, opthamologists, optometrist, translator. Together with the team of experienced workers of The Clinica Maxeña, they accomplished daily over ten cataract surgeries, pterigium surgeries, laser treatments, optometrist exams, and much more. Minimal cost or gratis for many this treatment was provided! The result was many happy patients who had poor or no vision. Diabetes is one of main causes if eye disease here!

Thank you to all of you for your generosity!