More than 100 St James residents get free cataract surgeries

President of the Lions Club of Montego Bay, O’Neil Daley (centre), observes as Stephanie Schumacher (left) from the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) performs an eye examination on Hubert Cummings in July. (Photos: JIS)

About 120 St James residents have benefited from free cataract surgeries performed by ophthalmologists attached to Canada Vision Care (CVC) and the United States-based Hawaiian Eye Foundation.

The surgeries were conducted in July at the Community Vision Centre of Excellence Clinic at Albion Road, Montego Bay.

The visit of the 18-member medical team was made possible through a partnership between the international charities and the Lions Club of Montego Bay. Pre and post-screening care were provided by local nurses and representatives from Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH). Several patients with vision impairment also received reading glasses and bifocal and progressive lenses.

Cataract surgeon, Ophthalmologist and President of the Hawaiian Eye Foundation, Dr. Jeff Rutgard (seated), performs a cataract removal surgery on a patient during a medical mission by ophthalmologists from the United States-based charity and Canada Vision Care (CVC) at the Community Vision Centre of Excellence Clinic on Albion Road, St. James, in July.

President of the Lions Club of Montego Bay, O’Neil Daley, said that the mission was in keeping with the club’s mandate to make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate.

“It is one of the mandates of Lions Club International’s SightFirst programme… to improve the sight of persons and provide quality eye care,” he said.