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Charity Eye Surgery

Cataract surgery for patients

What is HDLF?

Hospital de la Familia is an eye hospital located in a remote village in Guatemala. Every 3 months, teams of eye doctors volunteer to trek to Central America to perform vision restoring cataract surgery for patients who would otherwise never be able to see. Established in 1973, HDLF has been providing medical, surgical, pediatric, obstetric and hearing services to over 15,000 patients annually. This September, Dr. Dan Landmann has been given the opportunity to go back!

Patient awaiting for surgery
Patient awaiting surgery: Because of limited space, a cardboard box is used as a make-shift instrument stand.

What We Do

Our primary focus is cataract surgery – because it is in high demand, readily curable, cost and time efficient. We provide high quality surgical care to patients who are “legally blind”. Even after years of blindness, patients can often obtain what would be considered ‘legal driving vision’ after a 45 minute surgery. Teams of nurses, doctors, technicians and translators are inspired by their desire to cure blindness in this developing country.

The cost to the patient is nominal. Often, they give what they can afford.

HDLF - Cataract Surgery Instrument


Blindness caused by cataracts not only affects the individual who is taken out of the workforce, but also the patient’s caregiver, usually a young child who is taken out of school. It is easy to imagine the impact on the family and the community.

Give the Gift of Vision

Please help us provide vital medical and surgical services to this impoverished region. All the nurses and physicians that travel to Guatemala pay for their own flights and volunteer their time.

So essentially, all donations are used to pay for intra-ocular lenses, medical supplies, surgical instruments, eye glasses or glaucoma drops.

Overall HDLF Chart
Your Donation Will Make a Difference

$25 – Glaucoma drops
$50 – Personalized eyeglasses
$75 – Pterygium surgery for scarred cornea
$100 – Specialized Cataract surgery
$1000 – Sponsor a nurse or resident

If you are able to fund or donate a Surgical Microscope or autoclave, then please call 510-235-1121


Visit our main site to make a donation for this great cause!

Dr. Landmann is just one of the few surgeons who volunteers his time with Hospital de la Familia.

Hospital de la Familia Foundation
P.O. Box 12981
Berkeley, California 94712 – 3981
Copyright 2013 – 2014 by Dan S Landmann, MD PLLC