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A team of experts from the Optometry Department at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, yesterday 14th October 2021, availed to the community free eye screening and treatment of visual impairments at Bukura Health Centre in celebration of the World Sight Day. Led by the Chairman of the Department Mr. George Sowayi, the team showcased their expertise in dealing with diverse visual problems diagnosed. Some of the visual problems they   detected included Binocular, Myopia and Presbyopia. They offered interventions of drug treatment, free spectacles and referrals to severe cases.

 “This exercise is not only to celebrate World Sight Day; it is also in line with MMUST’s core mandate of Research. We hope to profile the visual problems diagnosed here to the County and National government to guide future policies,” stated Mr. Sowayi.

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Outreach Officer, Mr. Andrew Wekesa attending to one of the patients

According to the Outreach Officer in the Department, Mr. Andrew Wekesa, they managed to attend to two hundred and sixty-three patients (263). One hundred and six (106) were members of the community while one hundred and fifty-seven (157) were students from nearby schools. Out of the total population attended to, they dispensed eighty-four (84) spectacles, referred twelve (12) cases for cataract surgery and fifteen (15) patients were advised to seek further attention from the MMUST Academic Vision Centre (AVC).

Notably, the Officer in charge of Eye Care Clinic at MMUST, Mr. Alfred Ragot noted that through such initiatives, MMUST contributes to the Universal Health Care agenda. He stressed that the exercise offered the students an opportunity to learn a wide range of eye conditions as well as enhancing their clinical experiences.

One of the Optometry students who attended to patients, Mr. Solomon Alwenge commended the organizers of the event for enabling them to take in the exercise. He further attested to the practical skills they have learnt while attending to the patients. “This has been an opportunity for us to practice the skills we have learnt in class. We have been exposed to unique cases that are important aspects in our career and our skills have been well sharpened,” added Mr. Alwenge.

The outreach was sponsored by the Optometry Association of Kenya (OAK), Essilor Optics Company, International Prevention of Avoidable Blindness (IPAB) and the Masinde Muliro University Optometry Student Association (MMUOSA). This year’s World Sight Day was themed ‘love your eyes’.

MMUST is among the few universities in East and Central Africa offering a Bachelor of Optometry and is known for producing competent Eye Care professionals to the job market.IMG 9149 1

IMG 9181By: Linet OwuorWilberforce Shiundu