Pupils get free eye screening

2015-11-04 06:00

PORT Shepstone Regional Hospital conducted eye screenings at Ra Engar, Sidumile and Cophela­ schools as part of Eye Week recently.

The eye department gave a talk to pupils­ to teach them about eye care and about the importance of having their eyes checked regularly.

Led by Matron Risha Pillay and optometrist Terrence Hammond, the team tested 219 children.

Port Shepstone Hospital spokesperson Phumza Morai said out of the 219 pupils screened a minority of them had eye conditions.

“Fifty-five percent of the pupils had normal vision, 45% had eye problems, 5.9% had eye pathologies­, 37.4% had refractive errors and 1.3% had other eye conditions including myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia,” she said.

Morai said some of the children were aware of the problems and told the eye team during the screenings about the difficulties they were experiencing with their vision.

“The teachers also even brought the children personally to the eye team and informed them of the difficulties the children were having in class,” she said

She said extra precaution need to be taken at home by the parents, and teachers need to be more observant.

“Regular screenings for eye problems must be done at least annually for children so that problems can be detected early, diagnosis and treatment given timeously before the condition worsens,” she said.

“Parents and teachers need to be more observant when dealing with the children. If they discover that the child is rubbing their eyes too much during reading, bending their head forward when reading the board, having difficulties during reading time or complaining regularly about their eyes, these children must be taken for eye screening as soon as the problem is detected,” said Morai.

Pupils with eye problems were given letters referring them to the hospital.

Morai said the hospital leadership extended their gratitude to the principals and optometry staff in the campaign.

Morai said most of t

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