HUNDREDS TURN UP FOR FREE EYE TREATMENT AS COUNTY MARKS WORLD SIGHT DAY
World Sight Day is an important day in the eye health calendar. It is an annual awareness day that is observed on the second Thursday of October every year.
Florah Kiplagat, the County Ophthalmic Clinical Officer and Cataract Surgeon based at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital said that the overwhelming turn up is an indication that many people in the county suffer from eye diseases. She revealed that the majority of the patients they have registered have cataracts.
Florah said cataracts develop when the metabolism of the body changes, causing the lenses of the eyes to lose transparency. She explained that although the primary cause of cataracts is old age, the problem is more common than any other eye defect because it is caused by many factors such as unregulated use of drugs, accidents, diabetes, and diseases that cause dehydration among others.
She said 20 per cent of those who attended the free clinic had very severe allergies and were receiving their treatment for the first time.
Another percentage, she said, had refractive errors and needed glasses as the Hospital monitors their progress.
She said the massive turnout at the event demonstrates the need to visit more remote areas of the county.
She advised the residents of Nandi to go for frequent eye clinics as part of ensuring that their health is maintained and monitored properly.