Department of Optometry& Vision Aid Overseas Conduct Eye Screening at Nkanfoa

The Department of Optometry in collaboration with a United Kingdom-based NGO, Vision Aid Overseas has organised a two-day eye screening exercise for the people of Nkanfoa in Cape Coast. The exercise, the second to be organised this year, after the first was held at Abakrampa in the Abura Asebu Kwamankese District, forms part of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)between the Department and Vision Aid. A five-member team from the UK and some staff and students of the Department are taking part in the free eye screening exercise. In an interview, the Head of Department, Dr. Emmanuel Kwasi Abu, said the outreach programme would be held twice each year till the expiration of the existing agreement. Dr. Abu indicated that the team will be back in April next year to provide similar services to both the department and selected communities. He noted that the team was made up of professional Optometrists who would be deployed to provide optometry education through teaching clinical students in the Department for two weeks as part of the MoU. According to him, the team would also provide eye glasses for clients who will require them for a token. “Those who do not get their prescribed lenses here will be provided for at a later date from Accra”, he noted.