news - may 2016
focusing on children
At birth vision is very poor indeed. A child's visual system develops in early childhood. If during this time the eyes are not getting enough visual input, or are not being used, the visual system does not develop properly which can result in reduced vision. This reduced vision becomes irreversible once the visual system has finished developing at around age 7. It is therefore imperative that any childhood eye conditions like squints, lazy eyes, cataracts etc, are found and treated before this age.
You can see why children's screenings and eye care is a very high priority for the Eye Centre!
Since primary education became free in Kenya we are able to reach many more children for screening, and offer treatment when required.
We were very appreciative to have Jane Tapley from Reading, UK, with us recently. She carried out some school screening and provided staff training. The photo below shows Jane hard at work!