Free eye surgery for first 100!

​The Pacific International Hospital will offer free cataract surgery to the first 100 patients in Port Moresby next week.

This is to mark the launch of the outreach program to be rolled out in Papua New Guinea.

In hopes to reduce statistics of avoidable blindness in PNG, PIH has partnered with Laila Foundation to offer this service for free.

The team, through Laila Foundation, will be bringing in teams who provide high volume cataract surgery.

This project will be led by PIH ophthalmologist, Dr Amyna Sultan, and Dr Vivek Jairaj, consultant ophthalmologist.

According to Dr Sultan, the rural cataract outreach program should commence before the year ends.

She says ground works have already begun with discussions with relevant authorities.

The collaboration will also establish a referral system with urban clinics in the National Capital District. This will allow patients with eye problems to easily reach an ophthalmologist.

“The eye is a very delicate structure and there is always a very small window of opportunity sometime where you need to act and provide treatment…they can lose out of the opportunity for treatment at the right time,” said Dr Sultan.

The team will also conduct free diabetes screening as diabetes develop cataract faster.

“We always check for diabetes in patients who come to us with cataract because the prevalence of diabetes or high sugar is increasing in PNG.

“Anybody out there who knows you are a diabetic and have not had your eyes checked, we urge you to come in as well and have a picture done of the back of your eye,” Dr Sultan added.

Gloria Bauai