The gift of clear sight

Eyesight is one of the most precious gifts a person can have. As part of Eye Care Awareness Month, Intercare, in collaboration with three ophthalmologists, Drs Marcel Niemandt, Dindar Asvat and Akile Asvat are offering 60 free cataract surgeries for needy patients who are unable to afford it. These procedures will take place during October in the Intercare Day Hospitals in Hazeldean and Sandton. We are passionate about improving people’s lives through healthcare, and are therefore launching this initiative as one of our social investment projects.

Cataracts are a clouding of a normally clear lens of the eye which leads to a decrease in vision and this it is one of the major causes of blindness. Cataract removal can correct vision of 20/40 or better after surgery.

According to the South African National Council for the Blind, many people don't pay much attention to their eyesight or the health of their eyes. It's unfortunate, as 80% of blindness is avoidable.

Most eye conditions can be successfully treated if detected early. Some diseases, like glaucoma, have no early warning signs. Instead, vision deteriorates silently and painlessly until it results in total blindness. But if glaucoma’s detected early enough and is correctly treated, vision loss and blindness may be prevented.

Keep your eyes healthy by following these tips from the South African National Council for the Blind:

  • Visit an optometrist or doctor regularly and don't ignore problems with your eyes. This way you can detect and treat eye conditions early on.
  • Protect your eyes from damage or scratches from foreign objects that can lead to infection or damage. Wear protective eye-wear when working with equipment that may cause shards to fly into your eyes.
  • Wear sunglasses that give your eyes proper protection from the damaging rays of the sun.
  • Take regular breaks from your computer screen to minimise eye strain and the development of eye-focusing problems.

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