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Cameroon Eye Institute Pages
World Diabetes day 2013 falls on November 14th. It marks the fifth and final year of the 2009-2013 campaign on “Diabetes education and prevention.”
The World Diabetes Day 2013 campaign is encouraging everyone to Take a Step for Diabetes, engaging people in the diabetes cause by encouraging them to make a symbolic donation of steps accrued through various activities.
Correction of visual impairment by cataract surgery in Australian adults, aged 49 years and above, was found to be associated with an approximately 40 percent lower mortality rate according to a recent report. This is not the first time an association between cataract surgery and survival has been found.
In Cameroon, about 14,000 cataract operations are performed each year, yet an estimated 175,000 Cameroonians, aged 49 years and above, have uncorrected visual impairment due to cataract.
What benefits would cataract surgery afford in terms of quality of life, economic productivity etc.? What about survival?
What can be done to ensure that even more Cameroonians (adults and children alike) have access to and benefit from sight restoring cataract surgery?
Get your Eyes Tested!
This year, World Sight Day (WSD13) falls on 10 October 2013, the second Thursday of October.
World Sight Day 2013 is especially important, since it will mark the launch of a new WHO Action Plan on the prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment from 2014 to 2019.
In keeping with the spirit of this new Action Plan, therefore, the theme for World Sight Day 2013 is: Universal Eye Health, while the call to action to action is: Get your Eyes Tested.
This call to action applies to all age groups, since it can help detect diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataract and refractive errors, which account for over 75% of cases of avoidable blindness.
Details and ideas on how to organise your WSD13 activities are available on the official World Sight Day 2013 IAPB website.
Yaounde: significant progress is being made in the construction of the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute, as evidenced by photographs taken on site today.
The walls are up, now the building is taking shape with construction of the roof.
As parents and children prepare for the start of a new school year, it may be worthwhile including an eye exam for the children in the to-do list.
Since about 80% of early learning is visual, early identification and treatment of conditions requiring corrective glasses, or of cataract, glaucoma, misaligned eyes (squint) etc. could help prevent poor performance at school. Eye tumors, such as retinoblastoma can also be picked up.
The Healthy Eyes Activity Book – A Health Teaching Book for Primary Schools is a unique collaborative effort between an ophthalmologist, an educationist and children in Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Bangladesh and the UK. It is a useful tool to help parents, teachers and children alike address the issue of maintaining healthy eyes for children, such as how to avoid eye injuries.
The book has been translated into several languages, including French (Livre d’activités sur les yeux sains).