The Eye Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital will perform free cataract screening and surgery for patients within rural Accra. The project will start from Thursday, July 14th to Saturday, July 16th, 2022, with support from the Himalayan Cataract Project.
The Outreach, which is expected to attend to over 100 patients with cataracts, is part of the effort to make highly skilled critical care accessible to every Ghanaian. It is also part of the Hospital’s corporate social responsibility drive.
Authorities of the Hospital are hopeful patients, especially those within Greater Accra Region, will take up this opportunity and have their sight restored.
A Cataract, is a dense, cloudy area that forms in the lens of the eye. A cataract starts when proteins in the eye form clumps that prevent the lens from sending clear images to the retina. The retina works by converting the light that comes through the lens into signals. It develops slowly and eventually interferes with your vision. You might end up with cataracts in both eyes, but they usually don’t form at the same time. Cataracts are common in older people.