doctor solomon guramatunhu at work 18-08-10.jpgScores of people in Rusape and surrounding areas are expected to benefit from eye cataract operations when the Eyes for Africa team visits the area between the 23rd and the 24th of September to perform operations.

The operations which are carried out from time to time in different parts of the country are going to be held in Rusape where scores of people who cannot afford to pay for the eye operations will have the opportunity to be operated on free of charge.

Two local eye specialists, Dr Solomon Guramatunhu and Dr Achie Kufa together with Dr Jack Aaron from the United States will carry out the cataract operations.

Dr Guramatunhu however bemoaned the small number of people who have been turning up for the cataract operations, a fact which he attributed to poor publicity.

“We are going to be headed for Rusape and as usual we are going to carry out operations to people in that area and the surrounding areas for free. We are going to be there for two days and we hope that there will be an overwhelming turn out,” Dr Guramatunhu said.

The eye cataract operations are a well known exercise that began in 1999 and has been targeting the underprivileged from both rural and urban communities.

A cataract is a painless clouding of the eye which leads to blindness.

People generally develop cataracts over a long period of time, leading to a gradual worsening of eyesight eventually leading to blindness if left untreated.

eye cataract surgery 22.09.10.jpgMajor causes of cataracts are diabetes, eye injuries, exposure to ultraviolet light from sunlight, medication use such as long-term use of steroids, smoking, heavy drinking, family history of cataracts, eating too much or too little, not eating a healthy, balanced diet and dehydration.