Albuquerque eye doctor helps children in Peru

Posted at: 04/22/2014 7:48 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Children in Peru waited an entire year to be seen by an eye doctor – a doctor from right here in Albuquerque.

Last summer, Dr. Todd Goldblum visited a city in Peru with a non-profit called "Vision Health International" and fixed the vision of hundreds of kids. "We saw far more children that we could possibly do surgery on," said Dr. Todd Goldblum with Family Eye Doctor Albuquerque.

Many had crosses eyes or eyes that drifted outward, and he did it for nothing.

"Straightening out the child's eye with surgery does allow them to see better and to have depth perception, and also a lot of these children were being teased at school for having their eyes so far out of alignment," added Dr. Goldblum.

Dr. Goldblum said for an entire week, the hospital they were working out of was packed and unfortunately, not everyone could be helped. "I told the parents well I'd like to come back and I like to be true to my word," said Dr. Goldblum.

So this June, he's going back and bringing reinforcements. "About half of the personnel going are from Albuquerque," added Dr. Goldblum,.

Goldblum said you can call his mission a "higher calling."

"In my Jewish tradition, we have what is called 'Tikkun Olam', which in Hebrew means to heal the world. These children would not get any type of treatment unless we went," said Dr. Goldblum.