KARACHI: Eye Specialist and President, Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA), Dr Misbah ul Aziz said there are about 1.6 million people in the country suffering from one or the other eye condition and at high risk to lose their sight.
Addressing doctors and paramedics attending patients at an eye camp organised by Prevention of Blindness (POB) Trust, a subsidiary of PIMA, he said helping these patients, mainly comprising those with limited resources, was a collective responsibility.
He appreciated the eye surgeons and paramedics for their commitment in facilitating free of cost surgeries for prevention and control of blindness and visual impairment.
Dr Misbah said POB has been working since July 2007 for the cause and managed to protect numerous people from permanent blindness and that these people mainly comprised those who could not afford to pay for necessary treatment.
POB Coordinator Dr Rao Naeem said the around 200 patients including women were examined by the doctors at the day long eye camp held in Karachi.
POB since its establishment in 2007 was said to had conducted 120,000 successful eye surgeries and that the one held in Karachi Monday was the sixth camp organized by POB in the country.
“POB have 200 doctors on board and has also started with construction of a well equipped eye hospital in Karachi,” said Dr Rao.