Affordable spectacles for all
Our work in Uganda has been focusing on correcting refractive errors by establishing a locally sustainable infrastructure of optometrists and refractionists and distribution channels for low-cost, high-quality spectacles (NIURE: National Intervention on Uncorrected Refractive Error). We have been promoting a vision therapy programme at the Ruharo Eye Center (REC) since 2006, and also organize training courses for ophthalmologists. In 2015, 11 ophthalmological assistants and 11 eye surgeons completed their training.
Overall in 2015, the department treated 3,756 patients, 57 of whom were blind and 523 visually impaired. Within the scope of the National Intervention on Uncorrected Refractive Error programme (NIURE), 4,679 pairs of glasses were professionally adjusted on site that year, creating local jobs in the process.