At Alliance Vision Institute, we believe in giving back and using our skill and experience to make the world a better place. Our founder, Dr. Taylor Strange, put this commitment into action on his recent mission trip to The Guerrero Clinic.
The Guerrero Clinic is a charitable health care center that provides medical, dental, and vision care to impoverished people in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Started in 1980 by Optometrist Dr. Tom Pruett, the Guerrero clinic has helped more than 60,000 patients who would not have otherwise had access to necessary care. Patients do not pay anything for their treatment and the clinic is supported by Rotary clubs and other non-profit organizations and relies on doctors who donate their time and expertise.
During his trip in March of 2023, Dr. Strange and four other surgeons performed cataract surgery for 320 patients—a record-breaking number of surgeries for the Guerrero Clinic! His roster included a patient who was completely blinded by cataracts and can now see after surgery with Dr. Strange. In addition to cataract surgery, Dr. Strange also performed clinical eye exams and YAG laser procedures.
This was Dr. Strange’s first trip to the Guerrero Clinic, but it won’t be his last. Dr. Strange plans to take trips to the Guerrero Clinic in future years. He is honored to provide much-needed eye care in this impoverished area.
Cataracts are a common part of aging, but they are also a leading cause of blindness worldwide because so many people do not have access to cataract surgery. Cataracts cause the lens of the eye to become cloudy, obstructing vision as they progress. Cataract surgery in the United States is one of the safest and most commonly performed surgical procedures, but patients in other countries often suffer from low or no vision due to cataracts. By donating his time and skill to the Guerrero Clinic mission trip, Dr. Strange was able to restore vision and help make life better for underserved people.