news - February 2018
volunteers from the uk
3 UK Ophthalmologists, Sarah Lucie Watson, Bruce James and Imran Yusuf , visit the Eye Centre for a week each year at their own expense. They get involved in everything from field work, to surgery, to policies, and most importantly training our students. We are very thankful that they donate their time and expertise!
new equipment at the eye centre
Sarah Lucie Watson and her team previously donated a fundus camera to the Eye Centre. This camera can take a photo of the back of the eye and is useful in so many ways! It allows medics at the Eye Centre to monitor eye diseases closely. It allows us to explain to a patient what we are looking at. We can also send the images to specialists anywhere in the world for their opinions - opening up telemedicine for us!
The photo on the right shows the camera in use.
Kwale Eye Centre provides support for people with albinism in the surrounding area. People with albinism face many challenges - not only do they stand out, and are therefore stigmatised, but they contract skin cancer (as they have no protection against the sun) and often die before adulthood.
They cannot see as well due to lack of pigment in the eye, and are very sensitive to light. Children with albinism really benefit from sunglasses, and also often need prescription spectacles. We find that when they get help with their vision, they can really excel at school!
We also provide sun creams with a high SPF, and give advice regarding long sleeved clothes, hats, and avoiding direct sunlight to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
In the grand scheme of things, training is by far the most important thing we do - it ensures affordable, accessible eye care will be available for years to come. Dr Khalila is a post-grad ophthalmologist from Nairobi unversity, and Ramadhan is an ophthalmic clinical officer from Kenya Medical Training Centre. Both do elective terms with us to get hands on experience, and develop their skills and expertise.
Many thanks to the Salisbury Big Band who held a fundraising concert and raffle in aid of Eyes For East Africa. In excess of £750 was raised, and a fantastic evening was had by all!