Wednesday, May 29, 2024

BCVI conducts first eye exams on the island since the pandemic


After months without the monthly eye clinic at the Lions Den, a complimentary service offered by the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI), the clinic resumed on Wednesday, May 5th. The free eye exams provided on a first-come basis take place every first Wednesday of the month.

The first eye clinic from 10:30AM to 3:30PM saw a large number of persons showing up. Those who could not be attended to were scheduled for next month. Some of the patients also took the opportunity to have their glasses checked or order new ones.

The BCVI provides these types of exams countrywide and has been coming to San Pedro Town for years. The service was discontinued when the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020. The program strives to prevent blindness, which according to BCVI, is avoidable. The service is available to all ages. One of the common diseases detected on the island is pterygium, which includes persistent redness in the eyes, inflammation, foreign body sensation, and itchy eyes.

Islanders are recommended to take advantage of this monthly service. The following eye clinic will be Wednesday, June 2nd, at the San Pedro Lions Den on Barrier Reef Drive.

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