Local eye doctor heads overseas to help Syrian refugees

Posted at 11:14 AM, Jul 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-08 11:14:17-04

Dr. Ahmed El-Sanhouri, an ophthalmologist at L.O. Eye Care in East Lansing is helping Syrian refugees regain their site, and hoping to spread awareness in the process.

"We're hoping we can provide the best medicine in the world to people who have been displaced and been through a lot," he said.

Dr. Ahmed El-Sanhouri left this week to head to Jordan to lend a hand to Syrian refugees. He says that he is making the trip with about 200 various doctors and he jumped at the chance to volunteer to help people with vision loss preserve their sight,

"We want to just basically show that people in Mid-Michigan care about the Syrian Refugee crisis, these people have been displaced because of war. And they just want to feel that people outside the Middle East care about them."

Another reason Dr. El-Sanhouri wanted to make the trip was to bring awareness to the problem of the 11 million refugees displaced by the war.

"Its something that people need to be aware of, and I feel that people are dying and being displaced but the message is not getting out that these are people that need to be helped. In terms of modern times, this is the worst refugee crisis," he said.

Dr. El-Sanhouri says being able to help those in need is a feeling like no other.

"We can inject things into people's eyes and help them see. So this is an amazing thing and to bring it to people that have nothing and if they don't get the treatment they're going to go blind... it's a good feeling," he said.

If you can't make the trip to Jordan, but still want to help, you can donate by clicking the link.