Led by Auckland’s eye specialist Dr Paul Rosser, the team consists of three optometrist and three ophthalmologists who had been conducting free operations on the island for the past few years.
Rarotonga Hospital’s Dr Teariki Faireka said the group would be in the country for three weeks, giving new lease of life to the people.
Dr Faireka said the team aimed to conduct eye screening as well as perform cataract surgery on at least 20-30 people a day.
A technician would be accompanying the team to ensure that the laser equipment used was assembled correctly, he said.
Dr Faireka said the screening would not be limited to Rarotonga.
The same kind of services would also be provided to patients on Mangaia, Aitutaki, Atiu and Mauke.
“Our specialist team is the biggest team that comes every year and we’ve been doing this for a long time,” Dr Faireka said.
“The surgeon, Dr Paul Rosser has been coming to the Cook Islands for over 20 years doing surgery and last year he did 2000 cataract surgeries.”
He thanked the donors and sponsors for their help and assistance.
The programme is funded by the NZAID with the cooperation of the Ministry of Health.
Members of the public are encouraged to book their appointments as there is only limited space available.