DAGUPAN CITY – More than 160 Dagupeños will have access to eye care, following an annual free eye screening sponsored by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez at CSI Stadia on January 27.

The free eye screenings conducted by the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) ophthalmologists assure the patients treatment for different sight-related issues and diseases.

Tests for visual acuity, thickness of cataracts, eye pressure and lens grades were done in order to determine issues such as pterygium, cataracts, glaucoma, error of refraction and many more.

Those suffering with cataracts and glaucoma will be scheduled for operations after undergoing the necessary laboratory tests.

Among those who will be undergoing operations is Ernesto Quisora, a 68-year old resident from Barangay Pantal East. According to his daughter, Quisora has been suffering from vision problems since 2010 until he completely lost his vision in 2017.

Through the city’s program, Quisora is now scheduled for a major cataract operation on both of his eyes to bring back his eyesight.

“Malaki ang pasasalamat ko kay Mayor Belen dahil sa programa niyang ito.” said Quisora.

Meanwhile, the city is also working to provide free reading glasses for those with minor vision problems.

The program was launched through the initiative of Mayor Belen Fernandez when she was still a city councilor. To date, it has helped rehabilitate and restore the vision of 260 Dagupeños.

All these patients underwent free eye operations for major vision problems such as cataracts and glaucoma since the program was started a few years ago. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)