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DOH will provide La Union patients with free eye surgery.

The Department of Health’s Center for Health and Development (DOH-CHD) project will provide free glaucoma and cataract surgery for about 217 diabetic individuals in the province of La Union 1 (Ilocos Region).

According to a statement released on Tuesday by Glen Ramos of the DOH-CHD-1 communication management unit, the patients were referred to the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC) for surgery after being examined as part of the mobile diabetic retinopathy screening program being run in various La Union communities.

The patients will receive care in accordance with their scheduled procedures, according to Ramos.

The mobile eye screening effort, according to Francisco de Vera Jr., regional program manager of essential non-communicable disease, is to ensure the prevention of blindness among patients with diabetes, thereby enhancing their vision and quality of life.

We are currently implementing it in its second year and visiting municipalities that have a high prevalence of diabetes, according to de Vera.

In the future, he added, they intend to take on more patients, including non-diabetic people with eye issues.

“A lot of our senior citizens have eye problems as a result of getting older, and they need eye screening so they can be given eyeglasses with the right grade, which they can use in their daily activities,” de Vera said.

Eye screening is being conducted specifically in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. The schedules are announced by the DOH-CHD-1 on its Facebook page.

According to Rodolfo Antonio Albornoz, assistant regional director for DOH-CHD-1, glaucoma and cataract are both conditions that can result in blindness and are more common in patients with diabetes. The only cure for both is surgery.

While a cataract is a clouded spot in the lens of the eye that distorts vision and is typical as a person ages, glaucoma damages a nerve at the back of the eye called the optic nerve, causing vision loss and blindness, he explained.

Albornoz claimed that by providing free surgery and medication, the program would be a great help to diabetic people in preventing additional damage to their eyes.

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