Residents of Zvishavane and surrounding areas with eye problems are set to benefit from a free eye clinic that has been organised by various organisations in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare.

The free eye camp that has been organised by Eyes for Africa, Help Age Zimbabwe and Council for the Blind in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare will begin this Wednesday afternoon at white hospital and will run up until Friday the 19th of this month.

Eyes for Africa President Dr Solomon Guramatunhu said the eye camp is meant to benefit people mostly the elderly who cannot afford hospital charges.

“This is the first time this year that Eyes for Africa will be conducting free eye clinic in Zvishavane. We are grateful to some organisations that have donated resources that will be used like medication, and the artificial lens,” said Dr Guramatunhu.

The selection process for patients lined up for surgery has already been conducted by the Council for the Blind, and so far more than 50 people have been booked for operations to remove cataracts.

 Dr Guramatunhu explained that the surgery takes about fifteen minutes and involves  the removal of the natural lens of the eye which would have developed some complications and results in loss of transparency of the lens, causing impairment or loss of vision.

During cataract surgery, a patient’s cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the lens’s transparency.

The problem of cataracts is usually common in the elderly but there are also a few cases of infants that are born with the condition. Over 90% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate.