Eye treatment: Limited access for women

Various programmes chalked out to mark World Vision Day

The World Vision Day for the present year will be observed with the motto, “Equal eye treatment for men and women.”

Addressing a press meet here on Wednesday, programme coordinator of District Blindness Control Committee Dr K S Prakash said that the Committee has organised several programmes to mark the 10th World Vision Day on Oct 28.

A massive convention will be held at the auditorium of District Health and Family Welfare office while cataract and diabetic retinopathy check up camps will be held across the district to mark the occasion. Ophthalmologists from Bangalore, Kolar and other places will deliver lectures on safeguarding eyes. People who have rendered exemplary service will be felicitated, he detailed.

Check-up camps

Eye check-up camps to detect cataract and diabetes related eye complications willbe held in all the taluks. The camp will be held in Narasapura on Oct 23, Malur on Oct 25, Doddashivara of Malur taluk on Oct 27, Holur, Yalur in Srinivaspur taluk on Oct 28, Dorlakki, Tayalur of Mulbagal taluk on Oct 29, and Budikote in Bangarpet taluk, KGF and Ulidenahalli on Oct 30. The programme has been organised in association with private organisations and hospitals. Awareness on eye diseases will be spread through films on the occasion.

Eye surgeries

Eye surgery has been conducted on as many as 6,000 people in 2008-09 while 38,425 students of 7th to 9th standards, spread over 3,425 schools were examined for eye problems. Spectacles have been issued to 201 students. Out of the targeted 8,500 surgeries during the period from April to September, 3,500 surgeries have been conducted. While 24 eyes were received in donation last year the number stands at two pairs this year.

The Department has recommended to supply medicines and other equipment worth Rs 55 lakh to Devaraj Urs Medical College to conduct eye surgeries. This includes materials worth Rs 15 lakh required to operate on children. The measure was necessitated as the District Hospital lacks necessary infrastructure.

With the intention providing laser therapy to the needy, the procedure, which costs Rs 4,000 will be carried out at Rs 1,000. More over a financial assistance of Rs 750 will be paid to people undergoing cataract operation, Dr Prakash revealed.

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