Within the framework of the commemoration this Thursday of World Visual Health Day, the director of the hospital doctor Francisco Moscoso Puello, doctor Enmanuel Silverio, highlighted the work of the ophthalmology service and the optometry team that develop every Thursday at the center a permanent operation for the prevention of blindness.
Data from the Moscoso Puello Statistics department, under the charge of Richard Martínez, reflect that this year 1,118 consultations have been made to detect and treat visual problems, with September being the month with the highest patient attendance with 204 citizens.
Given this, Dr. Silverio invites citizens to: “go to the center and participate in the permanent evaluation and diagnosis of visual problems, held every Thursday at the hospital, an operation aligned with the objectives of the Metropolitan Regional Health Service (SRSM) and the National Health Service (SNS) “.
The medical professional explained that, according to availability, patients evaluated by ophthalmologists and optometrists deliver frames and medications to those who require it.
Meanwhile, the head of the Ophthalmology service, Wilfredo Rivera, warned that the main causes of visual impairment are uncorrected refractive errors, diseases such as cataract, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic and premature retinopathies.
The ophthalmologist estimates that 80% of the cases of blindness that exist could have been prevented and even completely cured through different types of treatment and surgeries.
The specialist recommends that the child should be evaluated every 12 or 18 months and in case of problems or depending on the criteria of the ophthalmologist, they will be cited more frequently; adults should be evaluated every year, unless the ophthalmologist indicates another
On their side, the optometrists Enyel and William Rodríguez stressed that the importance of the vision check lies in diagnosing and treating diseases in time and thus avoiding blindness.