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Large number of visitors to Kanti Velugu camps suffer from vision problems

Almost half of those who visit the ‘Kanti Velugu’ camps have vision problems. The majority of elderly people are suffering from cataract and have been referred to major hospitals. Since January 19, the ‘Kanti Velugu’ program has been running in PHCs across the state. It has been discovered that one-half of those visiting the camps have vision problems. According to officials, 6.22 lakh people were screened as of Monday. Over 2.7 lakh people had eye problems.

According to medical officer Dr. S Rajesh Kumar at the camp organised at AV College, most of the patients who came for eye tests were elderly. Some people were arriving with cataracts. They have been referred for treatment to major hospitals.

Dr. Kumar stated that over 100 people came for eye tests almost every day. The majority of the elderly and students had vision issues. On the first day, 87 people came, 135 people came on the second day (on Friday), and 120 people used the services on Monday.

Those who had minor issues were given reading glasses right away; if they needed special ones, prescription glasses would be given to them within two weeks, he said, adding that about 35% required prescription glasses.

Yada Lakshmi, an elderly woman from Domalguda, said she did not get specs because doctors said she had a problem with a failed eye operation. She was told to go to King Koti Hospital. Lakshmi said she recently had an eye operation, but still had a vision problem. Hence, she paid a visit to the camp but was upset as the doctors told her to go to another hospital.

Rajamma (82) had to return empty-handed because she did not have an Aadhaar Card, which is now required for beneficiaries. She arrived at the centre with two other people and was seen waiting outside for her friends to return. Another local, Raj Kumar, shared his experience, saying that he came here because he couldn’t read newspapers or documents. He stated that the entire procedure took one hour and that doctors provided him with reading glasses.






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