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Haiti Eye Mission Silent Auction Fundraiser

Bergstrom Eye and Laser Clinic is hosting a Silent Auction Fundraiser on June 29, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Oak Grove Shelter, 170 Maple Street North in Fargo.  Funds raised will be used to ship supplies to Haiti, clinic/building maintenance, and purchasing supplies.

Dr. Bergstrom has a longstanding interest in medical mission work. He has done mission trips to Africa, Indonesia, and most recently to Haiti. Bergstrom Eye Clinic has established a full clinic in Pignon, Haiti. This last year, a team of 21 went for 10 days and saw approximately 1,000 patients, distributed 600 pairs of glasses and did nearly 100 surgeries. Haiti is the poorest country in our hemisphere and Pignon is one of the poorest area in the country of Haiti with an average per capita income of $400 per year. The eye services that we provide are the only eye care that is available to the entire region. Dr. Bergstrom would like to send a team every six months if possible as schedule allows. We are currently only able to go once a year which is usually in February. The expenses are considerable and costs approximately $1,500 per person to go down to Haiti, including airfare and room and board. Pignon has an epidemic of both cataracts and glaucoma. Any eye care they receive is greatly appreciated by the residents of that area.

We would love your support and attendance! If you are interested in make a donation for the silent auction please contact at teri@bergstromeye.com or 701.235.5200.

Thank you for all of your support!
Teri Doschadis, Bergstrom Eye & Laser Clinic

 

Monetary donations can be mailed to:
Haiti Eye Mission
C/O Horace Lutheran Church
650 1st St. N
Horace, ND 58047

 

Bergstrom Eye Surgery in Haiti

Dr. Bergstrom has a longstanding interest in medical mission work. He has done mission trips to Africa, Indonesia, and most recently to Haiti. Bergstrom Eye Clinic has established a full clinic in Pignon, Haiti. This last year, a team of 21 went for 10 days and saw approximately 1,000 patients, distributed 600 pairs of glasses and did nearly 100 surgeries. Materials and equipment, totaling nearly $400,000, was donated for this trip of all volunteers. There is a tremendous need in Pignon. Haiti is the poorest country in our hemisphere and Pignon is one of the poorest area in the country of Haiti with an average per capita income of $400 per year. The eye services that we provide are the only eye care that is available to the entire region serving over 1,000 patients. Dr. Bergstrom would like to send a team every six months if possible as schedule allows. We are only able to go once a year which is usually in February. If you are finding in your heart that you would like to contribute to the ongoing mission work in Pignon, Haiti, you can give a donation to Horace Lutheran Church, c/o Haiti Eye Mission, and it is completely tax deductible. The expenses are considerable and costs approximately $2,000 per person to go down to Haiti, including airfare and room and board. Pignon has an epidemic of both cataracts and glaucoma. Any eye care they receive is greatly appreciated by the residents of that area.

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Horace Lutheran Church
c/o Haiti Eye Mission
650 1st St N
Horace, ND 58047

Skilled Hands and a Heart Full of Vision

Growing up, Dr. Lance Bergstrom delivered newspapers on his bicycle to 220 homes in South Fargo. “I earned about a penny and a half per house,” Dr. Bergstrom recalled, “but after stopping at A & W for ‘Coney Dog Tuesday’ (4/$1.00), I netted about a dollar.” Bergstrom has returned to his childhood neighborhood, opening Bergstrom Eye and Laser Clinic in 1997, also home to Nicole Collins, OD.

 

Walking into the clinic, patients are warmly greeted by staff in the woodsy atmosphere and cozy glowing stone fireplace. There’s even a Cozy Cove play area for kids! Above the fireplace mantel reads the sign, “In this room wait the world’s greatest patients. We thank you for being a part of what we do.” Just across the room, in a rustic hutch filled with antique vision artifacts, is another framed plaque explaining why M.D. stands for “My Daddy.”

 

 

“We know our patients by name,” Dr. Bergstrom noted. “The coffee is always on, and it may sound cliché, but we treat people how we would like to be treated.”

“It’s about quality of life, not quantity of life.” Dr. Lance Bergstrom

Dr. Bergstrom is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, which means he is an M.D. who then goes on to specialize in eye surgeries and diseases. He’s performed thousands of eye surgeries; and when it comes to vision, he highlights prevention, maintenance, awareness and genetics as critical factors in eye care. “We often take vision for granted until a problem develops. Our desire is to educate about potential problems, risk factors related to age and genetics, and keep up with technology and state−of−the−art surgical and medical eye care.”

With a goal to provide world−class eye care close to home, Dr. Bergstrom’s office combines state−of−the−art equipment with the latest technology. Services include: LASIK and Laser Vision Correction, Cataract surgery, Advanced Lens Implant surgery for near and far vision, Implantable Contact Lens, Laser surgery, Eyelid disorders, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma treatment, Pediatric eye diseases, cosmetic services and general eye exams.

“More often than not, we can help someone.” Dr. Bergstrom added. “It’s about quality of life, not quantity of life.” He recalls a young man that was injured in high school. After the removal of a cataract and restructuring of his pupil, he is now able to see without the aid of dark glasses. Dr. Bergstrom has also utilized his skilled hands to aid children’s vision from war−ravaged and impoverished countries.

“Many have been told, ‘There is nothing we can do.’ We have all the tools in the toolbox available,” noted Dr. Bergstrom. “Our patients range from newborns to age 103!”

After a full day, Dr. Bergstrom recalls another passion. “My real job is a full−time taxi driver, and I moonlight as an eye surgeon.” Even with a wife, four children, and four dogs, Dr. Bergstrom keeps a focused vision on his mission to serve others…both family and community.

Dr. Bergstrom resides in Horace with his wife Ruth; daughters Reyna and Rikka; and sons Luke and Leif.

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Himalayan Cataract Project

HCP volunteer Dr. Lance Bergstrom provides support in Kenya.

Dr. Lance Bergstrom recently returned from the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi where he worked with Dr. Patricia Otieno, the Residency Director and Head of Anterior Segment. The Kenyatta Hospital is the primary training center in East Africa and trains doctors from Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Somalia and Sudan.

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The Himalayan Cataract Project’s top priority is to reach the greatest number of unserved blind people, with the highest quality care, at the lowest possible cost. HCP was founded in 1995. Since then it has become a leader in international health innovation in the developing world based on its unrivaled model in eye care.

Dr. Bergstrom taught Phacoemulsification and various other anterior segment surgeries. The team operated for 6 days performing close to 40 complex anterior segment and cataract surgeries, including 8 pediatric cases.

Dr, Bergstrom was accompanied by Daron Schleske, an RN who worked with Kenyatta’s staff to develop ophthalmic assisting skills, proper sterilization and handling techniques for ophthalmic instruments as well as instructions on phaco machine operations.

CureBlindess.org, Official Newsletter

 

I had an outstanding trip to Kenya, worked with Dr Pat Otieno, head of cataract and anterior segment at Kenyatta Hospital in Nairobi teaching phaco and various other anterior segment surgeries. Operated 6 days performing close to 40 complex anterior segment and cataract surgeries, including 8 pediatric cases. Focused on advancing Dr Otieno’s skills on phaco as well.
Brought my scrub Daron Schleske RN who worked with their staff as well in developing their assisting skills as well as operating the phaco machine and proper sterilization and handling techniques for ophthalmic instruments. Will get you a detailed list but brought over 200 implants and 200 viscoelastics, as well as 20 boxes of sutures and over 100 microsurgical instruments. 16 crates of luggage to be exact”.

Dr. Bergstrom

Haiti student returns to Oak Grove High School

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – As those North Dakota soldiers returned from Afghanistan to Hector International last night, one passenger on that flight, walked right along with them.

A boy from Haiti, on his way to Oak Grove High School, flying here, with the shirt on his back.

Today, after a short night’s sleep, he went to school.

After a missed connection, Ronald arrived in Fargo, weary but thankful that after five years of red tape, he finally got a visa to come to Fargo.

They are here.

But the Lance Bergstrom family, that is hosting Ronald, didn’t have to wait for luggage.

Ruth Bergstrom, Hosting Ronald: „When he came, he came with nothing. When he came last time, he had nothing. He came with everything he had and that was, what he was wearing.”

Today, Oak Grove welcomed Ronald. His dream of coming to America to school, just beginning. The only family income, selling kindling in the town market.

Mike Slette, Oak Grove Pres. „We can give an opportunity to a student that certainly would not have had it otherwise.”
Ronald Andre: „I am happy, very happy to be here, yes.”

He met the classmates who will now embrace the boy who seven years ago came to Fargo on a medical emergency, after a missionary in Haiti was able to bring him to Lance Bergstrom for surgery to repair his infected cross eye.

Today, a new life. Times in Haiti are tough. Education, spotty. Possibilities, few. And so Ronald’s plan is to get an education here, and then return to his village to help those he grew up with.

And Ronald joins 17 international students this year at Oak Grove.

Read article at WDAY TV