What is primary eye care? What’s our roles as a primary eye care centre?
Primary eye care is a vital component in primary health care and includes the promotion of eye health care, the prevention and treatment of conditions that may lead to visual loss, as well as the rehabilitation of those who are already blind. The aim of primary eye care is to change the pattern of eye care services, currently often limited to the central hospitals and eye units in the cities, to countrywide blindness prevention programmes.
Primary eye care is the primary health care approach to the prevention of blindness and it should be an integral part of primary health care. Primary health care is defined as essential health care based on methods and technology that are practical and scientifically sound, as well as socially acceptable; accessible to the community, affordable for the community with good community participation.