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Eyecare Awareness Month/Cataract Surgery


Five patients had their eyesight restored, thanks to the annual Cataract project undertaken by Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre together with Ophthalmologist and Retinal Specialist Dr Kavitha Naidu and other partners who made this initiative a reality.


According to Dr Naidu, she finds cataract procedures to be one of the most rewarding aspects of her career. “What’s rewarding is to see someone be so grateful and the fact that within 24 hours a person’s sight can be restored along with their ability to enjoy simple pleasures like reading,” said Dr Naidu.


One of the patients who benefited from this outreach programme was 85 year old, Rosehill resident Daphne Davey, who was unable to see for over 10 years. It was even more devastating for her, a former machinist as she was unable to read her Bible or the Newspaper. She would use a magnifying glass to try to read.


“I can see clearly now and everything is so bright, “said Mrs Davey. The ecstatic Mrs Davey added that people take their sight for granted but she know how precious it is after having lost her vision for over a decade.


Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre Manager Niresh Bechan said, “Over and above creating awareness during Eye Care Awareness month, we extend ourselves to the community by offering free cataract surgery to patients who are selected from the state’s waiting list. A special thank you to Ophthalmologist and Retinal Specialist Dr Kavitha Naidu and other partners who made this possible.

 

General Information on a Cataract:
What is a cataract?

A cataract develops as a person ages and causes your vision to gradually deteriorate. Colours are dull and images are not seen clearly. This may progress until there is almost complete loss of vision due to the obstruction the cataract causes.


How does a cataract develop?
A human eye works very much like a camera. The lens of a camera is similar to the natural lens of the eye. The film of the camera is similar to the back of the eye - the retina. Your natural lens focuses images onto the retina at the back of your eye so that you can see clearly, much like the lens of the camera focuses images onto film for a clear picture.

At birth, your natural lens is clear, but with exposure to light and time, it becomes yellow. Eventually with aging, the lens becomes cloudy and begins to cause poor and blurred vision. When this develops, the lens is now called a cataract. Cataracts usually develop after the age of 60, but can develop earlier especially with diabetes, after an eye injury or infection, and sometimes babies may be born with cataracts.


How do we treat cataracts?
As an adult when the cataract causes enough loss of vision to interfere with your daily activities, a cataract removal and replacement with a clear lens implant can be performed to restore vision. A patient’s eye is measured pre operatively by the eye surgeon to determine the lens size or power needed to restore your vision. Cataract surgery is done as a day surgical procedure in theatre. An anaesthetist administers a local anaesthetic to numb the eye. The cataract is washed out and replaced with an acrylic lens implant. After the surgery, the patient is discharged and will be reviewed the next day by the eye surgeon.


At Ethekwini Hospital we have a dedicated eye theatre with trained professional staff where cataract surgery is done routinely. Once a year during October, which is world sight month, we offer cataract surgery to under privileged patients at no cost. These patients come from McCord’s Eye Hospital. Apart from cataract surgery Ethekwini Hospital also offers surgery to the back of the eye, which is retinal surgery, and glaucoma surgery, as well as diabetic eye screening.


For more information please contact Dr Kavitha Naidu’s rooms on 031 581 2351

 


Patient Daphne Davey (85) with Ophthalmologist and Retinal Specialist Dr Kavitha Naidu and Sister Rome Pillay (behind)

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