Bakti Sosial Operasi Katarak dan Skrining Penyakit Tidak Menular di Yogyakarta

Patricia Dissy Andrea

Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in Indonesia. As one of the preventable causes of blindness, the role of eye screening is very important to detect the early stage of cataract. Age-related cataracts develop slowly and often are ignored by the patients because it hasn’t caused significant vision loss. This phenomenon may be due to lack of knowledge of cataract and how it can be treated. The purpose of this activity is to help lower the number of vision impairment specifically in Yogyakarta by conducting eye screening and free cataract surgery, also to increase knowledge and awareness about cataract and non-communicable diseases. The eye-screening was held in St. Yusup Bintaran Catholic Church, Yogyakarta. The eye examinations include visual acuity, slit-lamp examinations and tonometry. The participants were also screened for non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes mellitus. Leaflets and explanations about cataract and NonCommunicable Disease were given by the doctors. Participants who passed the cataract screening were prepared for the surgery on the next day in Bethesda Hospital Yogyakarta. There were 49 participants who underwent cataract surgery and 69,39% of their visual acuity pre-operatively were classified as blindness. The participants’ postoperative visual acuity was evaluated on the day2, day-14 and day-28 post the surgery. There was a decrease in the number of blindness and 48,89% had a good outcome of visual acuity.

cataract, surgery, screening, non-communicable disease

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