Blindness Prevention Program: Lighting Paths…

ARP volunteers conduct health education to the beneficiaries of the Blind Prevention Program.

ARP volunteers conduct health education to the beneficiaries of the Blind Prevention Program.

The Phase II of Blindness Prevention Program was proposed and implemented due to the good results of those patients who benefited the Blindness Prevention Program Phase I. The Phase II program was started last June 15, 2015. Courtesy call and information dissemination of the free cataract and pterygium operation were done to 10 Villages (Mangingisda, San Manuel,Sta. Cruz, Salvacion, Manalo, Maruyogon, Lucbuan, Babuyan,Tanabag and Binduyan in Puerto Princesa); and some areas in Municipality of Taytay and Brookes Point. The 1st Eye Screening was done from August 4 until October 4, 2015.

Ms. Karen Marabulas, an ARP volunteer facilitates the distribution of free eye glasses.

Ms. Karen Marabulas, an ARP volunteer facilitates the distribution of free eye glasses.

The surgery was done on October 27-29, 2015 at Adventist Hospital Palawan. A total of 48 eyes (22 bilateral & 26 unilateral) were operated for cataract and 14 eyes (4 bilateral & 10 unilateral) for ptyregium with a total of 62 eyes out of 49 patients, which resulted in the successful restoration of their eyesight.

“The operation was very successful and he experienced no pain during and after the operation. He told me that he was able to see right after the surgery. Now,I am so  thankful to God that my father can already see clearly and is able to do things comfortably at home even without our assistance. The Blindness Prevention Program was such a big help to us.  Special thanks to GAIN and ARP.! -  Janice Romeon, (Cataract Patient’s Daughter)

“The operation was very successful and he experienced no pain during and after the operation. He told me that he was able to see right after the surgery. Now,I am so thankful to God that my father can already see clearly and is able to do things comfortably at home even without our assistance. The Blindness Prevention Program was such a big help to us. Special thanks to GAIN and ARP.!
– Janice Romeon, (Cataract Patient’s Daughter)

The various component of the project: health education, reading glasses provision and cataract surgery are basic strategies in Blindness Prevention Program which were successfully implemented. The strong partnership with the Village councils and Health Workers is a strategy that ARP developed in the implementation of this program. The opportunity to share the love of God during the eye screenings, health lectures and cataract operation has impacted the lives of many. ARP is grateful for the opportunity given to be a recipient of this grant that has helped meet the needs of our people.

Stats:
   + Patients screened: 633
   + Undergone Cataract Opertation: 49
   + Undergone Ptyregium: 14
   + Distributed reading glasses: 505

– Karen Jade Marabulas

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