Doctors

A Closer Look: Sight to the Blind

Jeremie Agre (left) performs hundreds of eye surgeries every year in rural areas of Côte D’Ivoire.

Jeremie Agre (left) performs hundreds of eye surgeries every year in rural areas of Côte D’Ivoire.

In a rural area of Côte D’Ivoire, eye surgeon and Navigator Jeremie Agre (left) gives sight to hundreds of people who have been blinded by cataracts.

Jeremie is one of only 30 eye surgeons in a nation with 22 million people. And he is the only glaucoma specialist in the country. In addition to his work in rural areas, Jeremie also treats 15 to 20 patients a day in an urban clinic in Abidjan, the country’s capital. This work includes eye exams, laser treatments, and cataract and glaucoma surgeries.

He also spends a lot of time teaching the Scriptures, discipling believers, and coaching Navigator leaders. A few years ago, his oldest daughter asked him, “Daddy, who are you? Are you a doctor or a pastor, because sometimes you preach and lead Bible study as well as work as a doctor?” Jeremie responded by saying that being a doctor and teaching the Bible are part of the same calling.

“The Lord gave me a gift to care for people whether they are in ministry or sick,” said Jeremie.