New eye care plan targets to treat about 300 people with cataract

Specialists treating cataract patients in a hospital. According to WHO, cataracts account for 50 per cent of the world’s blindness.  Photo: Tin Tun (IPRD)
Specialists treating cataract patients in a hospital. According to WHO, cataracts account for 50 per cent of the world’s blindness.  Photo: Tin Tun (IPRD)

PEOPLE who have cataract are invited to join the three-day programme which guarantees them cataracts removals from their eyes free of charge, according to the organisers.
Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s natural lens which prevents clear vision.
The new plan will be organised by the Ministry of Health and Sports in collaboration with a local charity named Shwe Kayuna Foundation. Under this programme, the treatment will be offered with compassion to patients without sex, race and religious discrimination at the foundation’s eye clinic in Sittway Town between 19 and 21 March. Ten eye specialists led by Prof Dr Khin Ohnma Khaing, of Yangon Eye Specialist Hospital, will offer both medical and surgical services to approximately 300 patients with cataract under this programme. U Shan Shwe, a trustee of the foundation, said; “Educative campaigns are being made along the road between Sittway and Taungup to provide eye health knowledge about burden of cataract and the ways to prevent eye diseases to villagers.”
Interested individuals may visit the foundation’s eye clinic between 16 and 18 March from 10 am to 4 pm daily for registration.
The most common eye diseases in the country are cataracts, glaucoma, corneal diseases, injuries and retinal diseases.
Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40. It is the principal cause of blindness in the world. Cataract may develop after eye injuries, inflammation, and some other eye diseases. According to the World Health Organisation’s assessment, cataracts are responsible for 51 per cent of the world’s blindness.—Tin Tun (IPRD)

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