News‎ > ‎

Sense of vision is crucial for our daily life activities.

posted 3 Dec 2012, 04:16 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 15 Oct 2013, 03:27 by Rickard Lundquist ]

Sense of vision plays a huge role in our daily life activities; it is crucial to take good care of our eyes so that we maintain a healthy eye sight.


On Wednesday, 22 November 2012 Star For Life health team in conjunction with optometrist Miss Lungile Nyathikazi and student doctors from Sweden Emma Bartfai and Anna Johansson headed to Bhekabadletshe area near Hluhluwe, where hundreds of primary and high school learners and community members as a whole queued for high quality eye care.


Learner getting her eyes tested.

This initiative started early this year and it aims to reach more learners and community members around uMkhanyakude district.


Miss Nyathikazi said most eye conditions can be treated easily by glasses or contact eye lenses, but due to lack of knowledge and resources in rural areas people end up losing vision. Ignorance also plays a huge role in vision impairment. Teachers need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of eye problems, headaches, squinting, tilting head side to side, bringing the book closer to their eyes when reading are all symptoms eye problems. With this initiative we are targeting rural areas.

“Diseases such as glaucoma can results in complete blindness and they cannot be irreversible so it is important to detect them early by eye screening. Vision impairment may also be the result of disease like diabetes or it may run from the family history” said Nyathikazi.


16 year old Nkululeko Mothobela a grade 10 learner from Siphosabadletshe high school said he never thought that he’ll ever have clear vision as glasses are expensive and they always have to travel long distance to big cities for eye care, while 70 year old Kholibona Gumede says, it’s amazing that we can get such good without spending a lot of money travelling.


“I am glad that Star For Life these services to our residential area free, we are pensioners and we cannot afford to pay for these services in private sector”, said Gumede.


Rickard Lundquist,
14 Oct 2013, 02:31
Rickard Lundquist,
15 Oct 2013, 03:21