Friday, June 10, 2011

Free Cataract Treatment for Poor Patients

DENPASAR

Fourteen poor patients with eyesight problems received free cataract surgery funded by the Denpasar mayor’s office and the Indonesian Humanitarian Foundation on Tuesday.

Head of the Bali Health Office Luh Putu Sri Amini said that cataracts were a significant problem in bali, due in part to bright sunlight, and the fact that many older people had spent their working lives out of doors.

A total of 60 people had registered for the free treatment, she said, but only 14 were found to require surgery.

“Only 14 people were found to be suffering from cataracts that required immediate surgery. The other patients just needed glasses,” she said.

Amini said that any residents with eyesight problems should be examined by medical professionals.

“We need to inform people to go to the nearest community health centre to get their eyes tested,” she said.

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