MORE THAN 3,000 people with vision problems are set to receive free eye surgery under the programme for visually impaired persons organised by Sitagu Sayadaw Dr. Ashin Nyanissara, a famous Buddhist monk.
With the support of the U.S-based Help Me See Eye Charity Foundation, approximately 3,600 eye patients have been granted to join the surgical operation performed by six eye specialists including Indian Dr Sunil Mullan Kandi starting this month.
A total of 50 people with vision problems have undergone the surgical procedure at Sitagu Eye Care Hospital in Uto Myothit in Oakpho Township in Sagaing Region between 12 and 13 September, said U Kyaw Win Hlaing of the hospital.
The major aim of the activity is to help people fight eye diseases and loss of vision and to provide better life.
The most common eye diseases in Myanmar are cataract, glaucoma, cornea diseases, injuries and retinal diseases. Glaucoma is the second most common cause of world blindness, and the majority of those blinded reside in Asia. WHO estimates of the prevalence of glaucoma in many Asian regions are crude.
Aung Thu (IPRD)