World Sight Day 2018: CCBRT Eye Screenings

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How did CCBRT celebrate World Sight Day 2018?

On 11 October, World Sight Day, one optometrist and four optometry assistants from CCBRT spent the day at Temeke Primary School, performing eye screening tests for more than 400 students.

These screenings were organised by the Lions Club, Dar es Salaam Tanzanites, which is part of the larger Lions Club International. The President of the local Lions Club wanted to partner with CCBRT for the screenings because of our reputation as a provider of high-quality eye health services. Lions Clubs are known as "knights of the blind," focused on serving the blind and visually impaired to eliminate avoidable blindness altogether. While CCBRT conducts more than 65,000 eye screenings annually at its hospital, we also recognise the need to bring services like this to the community and are looking forward to partnering with community organisations on outreaches like this in the future.

At Temeke Primary School, CCBRT provided children with vision tests and eye health education classes. Lora, a nine year-old student, said that she was excited for the day’s event because she had heard about CCBRT’s eye services on the radio. “When I wake up, my eyes are cloudy and I don’t know why,” said Lora. During the screening she was taught how to take care of her eyes and where to go if she needed further testing. “It was helpful to learn about what I can do to protect my eyes and how to take care of them,” said Lora.

The World Sight Day event raised awareness of the importance of eye health and eye screenings. Children proudly wore stickers reading, “Nimepima macho yangu, wewe je?” (“I’ve gotten my eyes checked, have you?”). After initial screening, children in need of additional tests were referred to CCBRT for specialist follow-up and management.

We are very thankful for our partnership with the Lions Club, Dar es Salaam Tanzanites, and to Temeke Primary School. In Tanzania, more than one million people are visually impaired, but most are avoidable and early intervention can prevent blindness. On this year’s World Sight Day, CCBRT was proud to take one step further toward eliminating avoidable blindness through early identification of visual impairments.

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Temeke Primary School students waiting for their eye screenings
CCBRT staff performing eye screenings
Lora with her World Sight Day sticker