Local Clinic Sponsors Cataract Surgery For Chapala Citizens
By Delia Perez
What is a cataract? A cataract in the eye is a condition produced when the natural lens in the interior of the eye that permits one to focus on objects near and far becomes opaque and loses its transparency. This condition occurs naturally and due to ageing.
Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 years of age, and the principal cause of blindness in the world.
Fortunately, modern cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed today. In a cataract surgery, the natural lens that has deteriorated is removed and replaced with an artificial lens (called an intraocular lens or IOL) to restore clear vision. In general, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis and does not require overnight stays at a hospital or other medical institution.
In the month of December, thanks to the collaboration of the Alta Retina Ophthalmology Center, the Cinepolis foundation and DIF Chapala, several citizens of the municipality of Chapala were the beneficiaries of totally free cataract surgeries.
The beneficiaries were selected by DIF Chapala after a socioeconomic study. Subsequently, they were assessed and diagnosed at the Alta Retina Ophthalmology Center where their post-operative review also occurred. On December 4 the patients were transported to Guadalajara where their operations were carried out at the San Angel Eye Center with great success.
Thanks to partnerships like these, the visual health of these people in need has been improved. We look forward to continuing this program in the coming months.
For both adults and children, eye exams are an important part of general health care and maintenance. Eyes should be checked regularly to make sure they can see their best. Regular eye exams to also check for signs of eye diseases or conditions that can affect not only one´s vision, but also overall health.