Eye care nurses scope of practice launch

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar also launched the new workshop booklet during the workshop today. Picture: SUPPLIED

GLOBAL figures indicate that about 36 million people are blind and a further 217 million have visual impairment.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Health, Rosy Akbar during the launch of the eye care nurses scope of practice which was in collaboration with the World Sight Day.

Mrs Akbar stressed that it was alarming to note that more than 75 per cent of all blindness and visual impairment is avoidable.

She said the major causes of blindness and visual impairment in Fiji are refractive error, cataract and diabetic retinopathy.

It was noted by the Health Minister that while refractive error and cataract are treatable, blindness from diabetic retinopathy is irreversible but
avoidable with early detection and early intervention.

Shocking statistics revealed by the Pacific Eye Institute stated that a total of 5471 people have been consulted, reviewed and treated for eye cases at their diabetic clinic between January and July this year.

It also states that 8761 people received consultations, reviews and treatment for their eyesight last year.

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