It turns out living in paradise has its drawbacks. Residents of Christmas Island in the Pacific are prone to a “surfer’s disease” caused by exposure to dust, wind, and abundant sunlight. Medical Eye Center surgeons Dr. Paul Imperia and Dr. Paul Jorizzo noticed the situation on a fishing trip years ago. Now they return on a regular basis to treat patients with a variety of eye diseases using modern techniques otherwise unknown in the area.
Dr. Paul Imperia talks to Jefferson Public Radio about his medical mission to Christmas Island.