Delivery of free eye care to the elderly in Portland and St. Thomas will be significantly enhanced, through eye screening clinics to be carried out by the Voluntary Optometric Services for Humanity (VOSH) in some communities.
The first clinic will begin on Saturday (February 5) at the Anglican Church Christian Education Centre, Port Antonio, and will continue at the same venue on February 12, 19 and 26.
Other clinics are scheduled for Manchioneal All Age School on Wednesday, February 9; the United Church of Jamaica and Grand Cayman, Buff Bay, on Wednesday, February 16; Boston Community Centre, Thursday, February 17; Fellowship Primary and Junior High on Wednesday, February 23; and the Isaac Barrant Hospital, St. Thomas, on Thursday, February 24. All clinics will start at 2:00 pm.
Speaking with JIS NEWS, Past President of the Port Antonio Rotary Club and Founder/Chairman of the local Rotary Avoidable Blindness Clinic (R-ABC), Dr. Satya Parvataneni, said that at these clinics, persons will be screened and selected for eyeglasses, and referrals done for those who require additional eye care.
He said persons selected for glasses will receive appointments for their second visit in March.
“We are always trying to find ways to prevent blindness and, by offering these services, we can make a significant impact in avoiding it,” he stated.
Dr. Parvataneni stated that, apart from these services being offered by VOSH, persons can access eye care every fourth Saturday at 28 Harbour Street, Port Antonio. At these clinics, he said, persons can make “a small voluntary contribution.”
The R-ABC founder said that, although VOSH has been offering free eye care services for the past 27 years, this is its 21st mission as, for the past three years, the services are only being offered every other year.
He called on persons in need of eye care, “especially the elderly”, to visit the clinics on the respective dates to access the services being offered.
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JIS REGIONAL OFFICE