Atlantis is a community of approximately 67,500 people, of whom 26.5% are unemployed, with 50% of households earning an income of R3,200 or less p.m. Economically disadvantaged people are more likely to become visually impaired, due to malnutrition, and lack of access to primary healthcare and intervention or preventative measures.
Melkbosstrand Rotary Club has been involved with eye care projects in the Atlantis community over the last three years.
Visits to primary schools, in which 1,700 children were screened, and reading spectacles prescribed and donated to 37 children, who would not otherwise be able to obtain them, and in doing so, improved their ability to read and learn.
As part of the 2 day Rotary Family Health Day project, free eye screening was once more provided to 504, mainly elderly (49% aged 50 +), people in the Atlantis community.
247 people were immediately given generic ‘readers’
127 people were referred for clinical testing.
102 people were prescribed spectacles.
12 people were referred to with an ophthalmologist at Groote Schuur Hospital for further treatment of cataracts, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy.
These projects have only been made possible due the philanthropic services of Frederik Jansen, a local Optometrist and his staff, and The Optical Laboratories service provider, who most generously made spectacles available to us at a considerable discount.
‘Readers’ for the RFHD were obtained from Rotary at a minimal cost.
Thanks to the magnificent funding received from the Rotary Club of Claremont Outreach Fund, Melkbos Rotary will be able to continue with these projects in 2016.
Our appreciative thanks go to all who make this project successful.
Melkbos Rotary Club