The Head of Department, Ophthalmology Department, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Dr Modupe Idris, has warned that everyone has a chance of having cataract disease because it is an age-related disease.
Idris, at a press conference organised by Vision Care Mission at LASUTH on Monday, said aside from old age, cataract could also be caused by diabetes, trauma, the use of steroids for a long time, among others.
On the free eye surgery being sponsored by a South Korea based NGO, Vision Care, Idris noted that 100 indigent patients would benefit from the initiative. “Out of the 100 patients expected to benefit from the free eye surgery, 20 of them are children and we have recorded 100 per cent success in the surgery we’ve done in the last three years,” she said.
The CMD of LASUTH, Prof David Oke in his welcome address thanked the Vision Care team for helping indigents patients get over cataract disease through the free eye surgery which has been done annually since 2015.
Oke who was represented by the Director of Clinical Service, LASUTH, Dr Ibrahim Mustapha said aside from the 100 patients that would benefit from this year’s surgery, 350 others have benefited from the initiative that started four years ago.
Also, the Consul-General, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Lagos Office, Mr Kim In-Taek, said the Vision Care Mission would include training of doctors at LASUTH so that they could continue the surgery on their own when the medical team returns to South Korea after the four-day mission.
The team lead, Vision Care, Mr Kim Dong-Hae said there are many indigent patients needing cataract treatment but the health system in Nigeria was not fully equipped to handle the situation. “That is why we want to train more doctors this time around so that the success we have recorded in the past would not stop there,” Dong-Hae said.