Hospital offers free eye surgery to young people

Young people with amblyopia, a condition also known as lazy eye, will receive free eye surgery thanks to one monk’s kindness

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A child receives check- up at Shwe Yatu Tipitaka Eye Hospital in Sagaing Region. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

kNEARLY 200 young people with amblyopia, including 112 children, are set to receive free eye surgery at Shwe Yatu Tipitaka Eye Hospital in Sagaing Region in November.
In celebration of his 50th birthday, Sayadaw Bhaddhanta Vamsa Pala Lankara, a co-founder of the hospital, donated funds for the programme, with aims better the lives of children and young adults with amblyopia by improving their vision and physical appearance.
The operations will be performed from 18 to 21 November by a team from Thailand led by specialist Dr Rattiya Pornchaisuree in cooperation with domestic doctors, the monk said.
Most of the patients are from Myanmar’s central dry zones, including Mandalay, Magway and Sagaing regions.
A total of 108 children have undergone the surgery since the programme began in 2014. The monk plans to continue offering free eye surgery services in the coming years.
The programme prioritises children under the age of 12. Young adults also qualify for free operations, especially students and civil servants, without discrimination on the grounds of race and religion, the monk added.
The eye hospital was established by the two Buddhist monks in September 2013 to help people fight eye diseases and loss of vision. Since then, more than 70,000 patients have received medical treatment free of charge.
The hospital runs mainly on the local and overseas donors. It administers medical treatments to 50-70 eye patients daily.
People with vision problems may contact 09 256 066 151 and 09 794 753 741 or [email protected]

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