Sunyani, June 11, 2024

Dr. Mercy Dawson, an opthalmologist at the St. Dominic Catholic Hospital, Akwatia, in the Denkyembour District of the Eastern Region says cataract is a treatable eye disease, therefore was inappropriate for someone to lose his or her sight caused by cataract.

The eye surgeon, has advised persons with vision problems due to cataract to ensure they go the eye care units at the hospital for checking to avoid losing their sights. 

Dr. Dawson was speaking to News on Tuesday  at the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Hospital in Sunyani, Bono region, on the sidelines of an ongoing free cataract surgery exercises.

She said cataract, Refractive error and glaucoma were the commonest amongst the eye diseases, but cataract is treatable while glaucoma can be managed if detected early. 

With the refractive error, Dr. Dawson stated the patient can be given eyeglasses.

The eye specialist added it was highly possible diabetes patients gets cataract.

The five-days surgery exercise was organized by the SDA Hospital in collaboration with the National Cataract Outreach program with support from the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP).

About 45 specialists made up of opthalmologist, opticians, optometrist, ophthalmics and General Nurses were brought together to perform the surgeries from Monday, June 10 to Friday June 14.

It aimed at bringing the surgery (eye care services) closer to the people, particularly those who don’t have money to afford private surgery and were suffering from the diseases. 

As at the time of the visit by News, 30 Males and 43 Females including a 13-old girl and a 100-year woman had their surgeries done successfully. 

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