Get your eyes tested

Jamaica Gleaner - - WORLD SIGHT DAY -

THE OPHTHALMOLOGICAL So­ci­ety of Ja­maica sup­ports the World Sight Day theme for 2016, ‘Stronger To­gether’. The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion has a global plan which aims for uni­ver­sal eye health to re­duce avoid­able blind­ness and vis­ual im­pair­ment world­wide by 25 per cent by 2019. It builds on the foun­da­tion of the Vi­sion 2020 plan to elim­i­nate avoid­able blind­ness glob­ally.

This can only hap­pen if we work to­gether – pa­tients get their eyes checked reg­u­larly and doc­tors re­fer special groups of pa­tients (e.g., di­a­bet­ics) to get their eyes screened reg­u­larly. Our Govern­ment must Dr Lizette Mowatt

put poli­cies in place to en­sure that com­pre­hen­sive eye­care screening and ser­vices be­come an in­te­gral part of a na­tional health sys­tem.

Ninety per cent of vis­ually im­paired peo­ple live in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. Eighty per cent of the vis­ual im­pair­ment is avoid­able. It may be due to cataract, glau­coma, di­a­betes or sim­ply the need for glasses. Cer­tain dis­eases such as di­a­betes, hy­per­ten­sion and sickle cell dis­ease can cause eye prob­lems which are pre­ventable if you visit your eye doc­tor reg­u­larly. Di­a­betic retinopa­thy screening can re­duce blind­ness among di­a­betic pa­tients. A healthy na­tion is a pro­duc­tive na­tion. Be sure to have your eyes tested. DR LIZETTE MOWATT Pres­i­dent Ophthalmological So­ci­ety of Ja­maica Im­me­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent Ophthalmological So­ci­ety of the West Indies

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