Hospital Comforts to the aid of cataract patients

Saturday July 07, 2018 Written by Published in Health
Julie Bateman (at right) the treasurer of the Hospital Comforts Committee presents sunglasses for post-op cataract patients to Rarotonga Hospital nurse Doris Taripo and Dr Teariki Faireka, who worked with the visiting eye team from New Zealand. 18070719 Julie Bateman (at right) the treasurer of the Hospital Comforts Committee presents sunglasses for post-op cataract patients to Rarotonga Hospital nurse Doris Taripo and Dr Teariki Faireka, who worked with the visiting eye team from New Zealand. 18070719

The Cook Islands benefits from visiting medical specialists, most recently the New Zealand eye team made up of optometrists, who carry out eyesight testing and treatment, and ophthalmologists, eye doctors who perform delicate cataract surgery to replace a patient’s cloudy lens.

After cataract surgery a patient’s eyes are extremely sensitive to light, and for the past three years the Hospital Comforts Committee has assisted their recovery with the provision of sunglasses, made possible with donations from businesses and non-profit organisations.

This year’s main sponsor is the Bank of the Cook Islands, and the Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation, which was also a sponsor of sunglasses last year along with Jetsave Travel, Western Union, and Anne Jonassen. Another sponsor this year was a visitor to the Cook Islands who left her name as Wendy.

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