Mobile Eye Camps:
In remote areas, the extreme poverty and lack of resources as well as the absence of a healthcare infrastructure make it difficult to provide eye care. Mobile eye camps are the only way to reach those people who otherwise aren't being served and would go blind. A team of doctors and experts arrive to the area with the supplies, surgical tools, microscopes and sometimes even generators. They usually set up in a school or clinic and aim to help thousands during each camp which lasts approximately 10 days.
Diseases that Noor Dubai Foundation treats include:
Cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye, which stops the passage of light to the retina, and ultimately prevents an image being "seen" by the brain. Most cases of cataract are related to ageing, but children can also be born with the condition. A cataract may also develop after injuries and inflammation.
Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world. The latest estimates for the prevalence of cataract are that 18 million people suffer from the condition, which represents 48% the total number of blind people.
The mainstay of cataract treatment is an operative procedure. The majority of individuals who suffer from this condition have limited access to surgical treatment – due to cost, lack of health facilities, lack of health professionals, or transportation difficulties. There are no comprehensive prevention methods for cataract.
Strabismus, or squint, is a condition characterized by the inability to align both eyes simultaneously. Both children and adults can be affected. Strabismus can lead to double vision or suppression of one eye.
Over 5% of children worldwide are affected by strabismus. Early detection and treatment is essential because the longer suppression has been in effect, the more difficult it will be to re-establish normal binocular vision. Treatments include vision therapy, orthoptics or surgery.
Retinal disorders occur when the retina malfunctions. In normal vision, the retina acts like the film in a camera. It is here where the 'pictures' are created and transmitted to the brain. Most disorders of the retina involve a disruption in the transmission of information from the photoreceptors to the brain.
Although many retinal disorders are inherited, some are caused secondary to a systematic disease or by the adverse effects of medication or by infections or trauma.
Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries visual information from the eye to the brain.
The front part of the eye is filled with a clear fluid called aqueous humor that is always produced and circulated in the back of the eye. It leaves the eye through channels in the anterior chamber of the eye. Anything that slows or blocks the flow of this fluid out of the eye will cause pressure to build up in the eye. This pressure is called Intraocular Pressure (IOP) and in most cases of Glaucoma this pressure is high and causes damage to the optic nerve.
The goal of treatment is to reduce eye pressure. Depending on the type of Glaucoma, this is done using medications or surgery.