KARACHI: Over 50 doctors, paramedics and other healthcare staff were trained to conduct eye examinations of people with special needs on Monday. The Special Olympics, an international organisation, assigned Dr Abid Jaber, who hails from Beirut, to train medical professionals at the Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust Free Eye Hospital (LRBT). “Research points out that 68 per cent of Special Olympics athletes did not have an eye examination in three years, while 37 per cent need eyeglasses and 18 per cent wear clinically incorrect eyeglasses,” according to Special Olympics Pakistan (SOP).
Ronak Lakhani, an SOP representative, said that most of the 16,000 special athletes registered with SOP belong to the lower middle class.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 8th, 2012.
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