Eye Care/Prevention of Blindness Programme
The Eye Care/Prevention of Blindness Programme aims to:
What common eye conditions are treated in the programme?
What does prevention of blindness programmes include?
Screening, diagnoses, and treatment of eye conditions start by visiting your local clinic. Basic eye examinations are available at all Primary Health Care clinics and centres. If necessary, clients will be referred to secondary or tertiary level hospitals for further testing and treatment.
If you need spectacles, your name will be placed on a waiting list, and the primary health care nurse will make an appointment for you with an optometrist who visits the clinic on a sessional basis. Children with eye conditions will (once screened and identified through the school health programme) also be referred to the local clinic.
First-time visitors to the clinic or secondary/tertiary hospital will be asked to fill out a form, and a folder will be opened for the patient. Bring your ID book. A referral letter from the clinic will be required when visiting a hospital. Hospitals will ask for your most recent payslip/income assessment (IRP5). Bring your hospital card if previously registered at the hospital.
These facility categories:
|Government Body:||(Western Cape Government)|
Free at Primary Health Care level. If you are referred to a hospital, there is a cost involved. The amount will depend on how much you earn and on how many dependents you have, according to the hospital rating scale.
- National Guidelines on the Prevention of Blindness in South Africa (Guidelines, Manuals and Instructions) (File type: pdf; size: 138.58 KB)