news - december 2016
world disability day 2016
December 3rd was World Disability Day - an international day set aside to create awareness. This year in Kenya, Kwale County (where the Eye Centre is located) was honoured to host the nations celebration. Staff from the Eye Centre gave speeches to raise awareness of visual disability, and carried out eye screening in Kwale town. 254 people were tested in one day!
donations restore sight
KKBabla is a philanthropist who has probably restored sight and saved the sight of more people in Kenya than anyone. His incredible lifelong generosity has been a huge contribution to battling blindness in Kenya. The photo shows Dr. Helen with some children who have just undergone sugery thanks to his generosity. These children would remain blind if they could not access help.
Every year the Eye Centre does around 100 operations on children under general anaesthetic, mostly cataract operations. Donations are always required to ensure this important work continues.
the importance of rehabilitation.
Although we are able to treat many patients who visit us, sometimes blindness is irreversible and no treatment is available. In these cases rehabilitation is important. A person can be helped to maintain independence despite their sight loss. The photo shows a young man who is completely blind in both eyes. He first visited the Eye Centre at the age of 7. We could not make his vision better, but went to a nearby school for visually impaired children, and was followed up regularly by the Eye Centre. He is now in his 4th year of university and is able to get out and about without help! In the photo he is with our Low Vision Therapist Almasi, who is explaining how to use a white cane to get around unaided.
happy christmas and new year!
Finally, Dr Helen and some of the staff and patients of the Eye Centre have donned their festive hats to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy 2017. Thank you all for your help and support this year.