Never take your sight for granted

2015-11-26 06:00

National Eye Care Awareness month was celebrated and the purpose was to educate and raise awareness about eye health, specifically the prevention and treatment of blindness.

For PE Eye and Laser Institute, Eye Care Awareness month was about giving sight back to those who do not have the benefit of a medical aid or the funds to afford a cataract removal procedure.

As part of their community outreach program the Eye and Laser Institute and Medical Forum Theatre Day Hospital provided free cataract operations to 20 patients who had been screened by Nkosinathi Foundation for the Visually impaired and the Eye Clinic at the Provincial Hospital P.E.

The MFT Day Hospital staff, ophthalmologists, Dr P. Finestone and Dr H. Kettledas as well as anesthetist Dr A. van Rooyen donated their expertise, time and service to perform cataract removal procedures on these deserving patients.

The other ophthalmologists at PE Eye and Laser Institute will be helping more deserving patients throughout the remainder of the year.

Cataract Day has been earmarked as one of the most satisfying and fulfilling days in the working life of the staff at the PE Eye and Laser Institute and MFT Day Hospital and 2015 has marked the 16th year that the staff participated in this special day.

Cataract day was once again made possible by the kind and very generous donations of various companies such as Ophtec, SSEM, ProVision, SupraLatex and Covidien.

Special mention must be made of Alcon Laboratories who sponsored the lenses and other consumables that facilitated the removal of the cataracts and insertion of the new intra ocular lens on the fortunate patients.

Sight is the most wonderful gift. Never take it for granted.

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