Moran’s Global Outreach Division has partnered with Utah Navajo Health Services to provide eye care and sight-restoring cataract surgeries on the Navajo Nation since 2013. While the study was limited to Moran patients, it gives key insights into eye care needs on the Nation, which encompasses portions of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico and is home to an estimated 173,000 people. Many residents live remotely without adequate access to eye care. They may also experience high rates of sun exposure and have little access to nutritious food, contributing to the development of cataracts and diabetes.
The published study is “Patterns of Blindness on the Navajo Nation: A 9-Year Study,” authored by Ryan T. Wallace, MD; Michael Murri, MD; Lori McCoy; Esteban Peralta; Jeff Pettey, MD, MBA; and Chaya.