Improving care for the vision-impaired

(VOV) -The southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has hosted a December 19 seminar aimed at improving the quality of and ease of access to medical care for the vision-impaired.

A collaboration between the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Provincial Eye Care Centre and Australia’s Brien Holden Vision Institute, the seminar brought together medical experts, local government representatives, and spokespeople from disability rights and charity associations.

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HCM City Eye Hospital specialist Tran Hoai Long distinguished between blindness and vision impairment, explaining patients suffering the latter can improve their sight through appropriate treatments for cataracts, glaucoma, eye trauma, and refraction disorders.

World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics indicate the number of people with some form of vision impairment is three times higher than those suffering blindness. Vietnam has approximately two million blind citizens who have yet to receive treatment due to economic difficulties.

Seminar participants highlighted the importance of ensuring the vision-impaired are aware of treatment options. They called for more political and charitable assistance to help these patients access appropriate healthcare services.
Ba Ria-Vung Tau Provincial Eye Care Centre Director Doctor Nguyen Viet Giap, thanked the Brien Holden Vision Institute for helping to establish the provincial eye care unit, greatly improving the chances local residents receive regular consultations and better healthcare services.

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