Cameroon Task Force

Eye care and treatment with Dr. Robin Grendahl

Dr Robin Grendahl has been practicing ophthalmology in Anchorage since 1996. She originally hales from southern Minnesota and moved to Anchorage at age thirteen when her father, Dr Marvin Grendahl, brought his young family to Alaska and opened his ophthalmology practice in 1977. While attending Service High School, Dr Robin began working in her father’s practice.

Dr. Robin Grendahl, MD

Over 25 years of practice:    Care of eye disorders is severely lacking in Cameroon, with most doctors and nurses receiving minimal training and only a handful of eye specialists practicing in the country. Anchorage ophthalmologist Dr. Robin Grendahl of Alaska Children’s Eye and Strabismus (ACES) provided a full-day training to 25 health care providers on the treatment of common eye disorders and injuries. ACES generously donated eye examination tools for each participant. The providers were very grateful to have learned new skills and received such useful supplies. Dr. Nazel Nwateh, a Cameroonian trained Medical Doctor whose education was supported through the SJUMC Mission provided interpretation for Dr. Grendahl’s presentation.

Please visit the ACES website:

Eye care on children

3 Children - sponsored to receive specialized eye care.

As part of the eye exams provided by Dr. Robin Grendahl, 3 children were identified needing specialized eye care. Cameroon mission funds will sponsor ongoing care by eye specialists in the closest urban center.

Childhood blindness refers to a group of diseases and conditions occurring in childhood or early adolescence, which, if left untreated, result in blindness or severe visual impairment that are likely to be untreatable later in life.

Childhood Blindness

The major causes of blindness in children vary widely from region to region, being largely determined by socioeconomic development, and the availability of primary health care and eye care services.

Other significant causes in all countries are congenital abnormalities, such as cataract, glaucoma, and hereditary retinal dystrophies.

To read more about childhood blindness, please visit the World Health Organization link.

About Dr. Grendahl

Dr Robin Grendahl has been practicing ophthalmology in Anchorage since 1996. She originally hales from southern Minnesota and moved to Anchorage at age thirteen when her father, Dr Marvin Grendahl, brought his young family to Alaska and opened his ophthalmology practice in 1977. While attending Service High School, Dr Robin began working in her father’s practice.

Fun Activities:   Dr Robin and her husband, Kris, have two wonderful boys. They enjoy Nordic and Alpine skiing, hiking and camping in the great outdoors. She is honored to provide eye care for Alaskan families.

Her full story can be found in the link below:

Training in Cameroon, Africa

A team of medical staff at Grendahl’s training in Kribi Cameroon, Africa 2017.

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