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Observations Made From Venezuelan Eye Program

  • Written by  Rawle Paterson
Observations Made From Venezuelan Eye Program

The importance of vision to one’s daily life has caused just about 115 persons to take advantage of the two-day eye clinic conducted by a team of entomologists from Venezuela and the Venezuelan Embassy in St. George’s.

The thirteen-member team led by Dr. Ricardo Riera, was kept busy during the course of last week Friday and Saturday at the Hillsborough Health Center where they conducted a series of eye examinations, administered medication and recommended cases for surgery at the General Hospital in Grenada in February next year.

Dr. Riera says that of the persons they saw, about 35 displayed sight defects, which require surgical intervention early next year.

“We have discovered cataracts, glaucoma and others which have been identified to the Ministry of Health on mainland Grenada”, said Dr. Riera through an interpreter. 

Dr. Riera said that several of the cases are as a result of complications, which comes with age. He said that the issue of growing flesh in the eyes is common for people who live along the coastline. 

He suggests that people check their entomologist on an annual basis.

“People who have diabetes are also prone to eye problems which can be dangerous”, said Dr. Riera.

Speaking on eating habits, Dr. Riera strongly recommends that people try to always consume healthy and balanced meals.

He said that the Miracle Eye Mission is a dream of the late commanders Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Fidel Castro of Cuba. Dr. Riera said these two leaders insisted on opening the arms of solidarity to Latin America and the Caribbean.

The patients seen were grateful for the gesture of the visiting team of entomologists and said that they were extremely pleased with the work and recommendations. 

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