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Eye care treat

Litia Cava
Thursday, November 30, 2017

MORE than 16,000 people visit the general eye department at the Pacific Eye Institute (PEI) every year for checkups, says PEI director, Dr Biu Sikivou.

Dr Sikivou said the number of people suffering from diabetes retinopathy in Fiji was a concern.

However, she said people who visited the clinic not only suffered from diabetes but also eye diseases.

Yesterday, the team received a Prime Mover truck worth $150,000 from Fiji Water for the institute's mobile eye clinic to deliver better services to other remote areas in Fiji.

Fred Hollows Foundation executive director, Andrew Bell said the idea of a mobile eye clinic was not to replace but to supplement the eye health system.

Mr Bell said the institute was working with the Health Ministry in the area of eye care.

"The problem is made so much harder when the patient is elderly and blind and being blind is bad enough, but when you are elderly and blind, busy roads to cross is enough to make it impossible for that patient to access health care services," he said.

"The solution is for patients to access what they need."

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