$550, $1100, Other
The condition is an epidemic within the vulnerable sub-Saharan African communities due to inadequate economic conditions, lack of educational resources, and insufficient healthcare. There is only one ophthalmologist per one million people, according to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (André). With so few eye doctors per capita, many patients with cataracts are unable to treat the condition.
UHR carries Pediatric Cataract Surgeries Missions in remote suburban areas in Kenya. Due to the lack of pediatric eye specialists, surgeons and nurses are flown from the capital or other countries to conduct the surgeries and follow-ups.
An anesthesiologist gives the child general anesthesia, so the child won’t be awake or feel anything during the operation. Then, the surgeon will use special tools to break up the lens, then remove it through a very small incision. **Adult cataract surgeries do not require general anesthesia and typically cost less than pediatric cataract surgeries.
In some cases, children are treated for complete loss of vision. Thorough follow-up is required for a week after surgery and in some cases, eyeglasses are essential.
United Hands Relief will be sponsoring a medical mission – a team of doctors and nurses will be traveling to Kenya to perform pediatric cataract surgeries on children under the age of five. The medical team will treat 250 patients in several counties including Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Marsabit and Isiolo.
The cost of cataract surgery is $550 per eye.
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