117 people to undergo eye surgeries
Kwatire, Odumase (Bono region), February 18, 2023.
One Hundred and Seventeen (117) people with eye conditions have been booked for surgeries to get their eye-sights restored.
They were booked out of 630 persons screened in the 2023 Suncity Medical Outreach Exercise at the Kwatire Polyclinic in the Sunyani West Municipality of the Bono region.
It was a five-days free eye screening and surgery exercise organized by the Suncity Group of Companies for the benefit of people of Sunyani and Sunyani West Municipalities and the entire Bono region.
The exercise under the theme: “Operation Restore Your Sight” was in partnership with Friends’ Eye Centre in Kumasi, Mansusu Investment Ltd and United for Sight in the United States of America.
The exercise recorded 120, 150, 100, 130 and 130 numbers screened from Monday, February 6 to Friday February 10 respectively.
Patients were given free medications and highly subsidized sight glasses while some were given prescribed medicines to buy at the pharmacy based on their conditions detected.
The 117 patients that require the surgeries have cataract, pterygium and prosthesis problems.
This is according to data available to this writer from the team of eye specialists led by Dr. Eldrick Adu-Acquah and Dr. Ken Amoateng who conducted the screening.
Out of the number, 103 of them are suffering from cataract, 10 of them have pterygium problems and 4 are battling prosthesis ailment.
Dr. Ken Amoateng stated that long exposure to dust, smoky environment, high ultraviolet ray and increasing age were the causes of cataract situations.
Other causes he mentioned were excessive exposure to sunlight, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and previous eye injury or inflammation.
Dr. Amoateng cautioned smokers to quit smoking and explained having regular eye examination can help detect cataracts and other eye problems at their earliest stages.
He encouraged the general public to regularly seek medical attention to manage other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Dr. Amoateng further advised the public to “choose healthy diets that include plenty fruits and vegetables” as well as wearing of sunglasses to help reduce eye-sight problems.
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