05 Oct Dr. Klaus Freeland Provides Honduras Surgical Eye Care
FORT MYERS, FL. (October 3, 2018) – On October 8th, Snead Eye Group’s newest Board-Certified Ophthalmologist Dr. Klaus Freeland is embarking on a week-long journey to help a small, underprivileged community “See the difference” of better eyesight.
While volunteering in conjunction with the Hospital Loma de Luz, Dr. Freeland will be providing otherwise unavailable ophthalmological care such as to the residents of the rural community of Balfate Colon, Honduras.
Loma de Luz is a charitable outreach of The Cornerstone Foundation which states “…the work of Loma de Luz, and the missionaries who do the work, collectively stand for something; a ‘light in this dark world, a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden’ (Mt. 5:14).” Also found on their official website (http://www.crstone.org), “we are called to serve in our part of Honduras in ministries of faith, service, and reconciliation.”
“The Honduras adventure began when I was walking through my church in Manhattan, Kansas and picked up a magazine called “On Call,” the World Medical Mission quarterly publication. In it, I saw an article on a Dr. Rick Reichert (pictured in the orange shirt in the OR with me), a retired ophthalmologist from Florida who also happened to be an ironman triathlon competitor. Since I was a distance runner in college and ophthalmologist interested in medical missions, I looked him up online and found an email address. As it has been said, the rest is history.
The closest town is Balfate, Honduras in Colon Department. The hospital sits on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The closest town known to people who know Central America is La Ceiba, which is about a 1-hour drive.
I first got involved doing work like this when I was in high school. My youth pastor, Errol Morgan at the First Baptist Church of Port Charlotte took a group of us to inner city Tampa, Florida one summer and to Mexico City the following summer with an organization called Youth With A Mission. During one of these trips I spent a lot of time praying about what God would have me do with my life. The answer was clear in my heart that I should become a doctor and serve wherever He showed me a need. The enormous trek through medical training and my time in the Army was much more than I anticipated. It was hard on my wife, me and our growing family. With that finally in the rear view mirror this year’s trip with my wife Charlie and our two boys Christian 8 and Luke 6 is all the more exciting,” said Dr. Freeland.
In his work with Snead Eye Group, Dr. Freeland utilizes the latest techniques while performing cataract and refractive surgery, glaucoma surgery, and laser vision correction including LASIK. He holds numerous certifications demonstrating vast training on state-of-the-art equipment for laser vision correction and glaucoma surgery.
“We’re so proud to have a skilled and generous physician like Dr. Freeland on our team,” said Founder Dr. John W. Snead, “over the past three decades, we have been committed to recruiting and retaining a highly qualified team of caring professionals.” Medical Director Dr. Brad A . Snead added, “This is just another example of Dr. Freeland’s medical expertise, overflowing generosity, and spiritual soundness in action.”