Rufo’s gaze

The treatment and recovery of Rufo Chacón
at OCULAR lab

We live each case we deal with at OCULAR lab in a unique and personalized way, but there was one that will accompany us emotionally for a long time. 16-year-old Rufo Chacón lost both eyes in a demonstration in Venezuela and was treated at our clinic. This is his story.

Rufo Chacón

On July 2nd 2019, the young Venezuelan Rufo Chacón lost both eyes at 16 years old as a result of pellets shot by the police of his country in a demonstration against the domestic gas shortage in the state of Táchina.

Rufo was operated on in our OCULAR lab clinic in Barcelona, under the care of Dr. Miquel Salinas. Two ocular prostheses equipped with 3D technology and artificial intelligence were implanted, which give him autonomy. In addition, the prostheses have a system connected to a small device attached to the temple of a spectacle, mechanisms that, together, translate the images they capture into a voice message.

For now, Rufo will not regain his vision, although the implanted prostheses will substantially improve his quality of life.

A case with international impact

The shocking story of Rufo Chacón became known throughout the world and many international media covered it. His story and the empathy of his smile, despite the tragic event he experienced, connected and moved many people.

Our patients say

More than perfect ... from the beginning to the end of having the prosthesis ready ...
We were welcomed by angels who treated us like their family and with lots of affection that we really needed when we were looking for a prosthesis!!

Carmen Veronica Ruz

I am very grateful to you, Dr. Miguel Salinas and to your team, for your efficiency, kindness and good work. At all times you made me feel at home, both my husband and I. Needless to say, I am satisfied with the results of your work.

Francisco Gil

A great specialist and great people, for his great dedication to those affected, his understanding and his incredible work.
We could not have chosen a better clinic!! I felt at home😃😁😁

Maica Burrea

I’m very happy with the work done by OcularLab. The service, the attention, the kindness and the dedication when doing the job was the best and is highly recommended.

Maria Fernanda León


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