160 Dagupeños get free eye screening


THE eye care program of the city government will benefit 160 Dagupeños who will have access to eye care treatment and surgery, following an annual free eye screening sponsored by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez at CSI Stadia on January 27.

The free eye screenings conducted by the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) ophthalmologists assure the patients of treatment for their different sight-related issues and diseases.

Tests for visual acuity, thickness of cataracts, eye pressure and lens grades were done in order to determine issues such as pterygium, cataracts, glaucoma, error of refraction and many more.

Those suffering with cataracts and glaucoma are expected to be scheduled for surgery  after undergoing the necessary laboratory tests.

Among those scheduled for surgery is Ernesto Quisora, a 68-year old resident from Barangay Pantal East. According to his daughter, Quisora has been suffering from vision problems since 2010 until he completely lost his vision in 2017.

Through the city’s program, Quisora is scheduled for a major cataract operation on both of his eyes to restore his eyesight.

Malaki ang pasasalamat ko kay Mayor Belen dahil sa programa niyang ito.” said Quisora.

Meanwhile, the city is set to provide free reading glasses.

The program was launched through the initiative of Mayor Belen Fernandez when she was still a city councilor. To date, it has helped rehabilitate and restore the vision of 260 Dagupeños.

All these patients underwent free eye operations for major vision problems such as cataracts and glaucoma since the program was started a few years ago. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)

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