12/09/2016 16h03 - Updated 12/09/2016 16h13

Municipality of Barcelos receive journey ophthalmologic consultations from tomorrow

Patients will have access to medical consultation and, where there is a requirement, receive the glasses provided by the program, for free.
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The Amazon Itinerant Health Program, the State Health Secretariat (Sesame), held from Tuesday (13) until Saturday (17), a journey of 400 ophthalmology, in the municipality of Barcelos (a 399 km from Manaus). Patients will have access to medical consultation and, where there is a requirement, receive the glasses provided by the program, for free. All patients who are already served were screened in Basic Health Units (UBS) the municipality.

According to the medical ophthalmologist program, Maristela Moss, near 60% of patients seen during consultation hours within receive prescription for wearing glasses. She says that because of the distance, many people find it difficult to seek specialized health services. "The Amazon Itinerant Health Program facilitates access of people living within the diagnostic services and treatments that were previously offered only in the capital", He stressed.

The doctor explains that majority of prescriptions for the use of glasses is for patients between 40 a 60 years. according Maristela, starting from 40 years ago a natural degeneration of the eye, which leads to decreased vision and increases the need for glasses.

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The eye doctor adds that symptoms like the feeling of eyestrain and frequent headaches, are signs that you need a doctor. For children, parents should be aware of the difficulty of complaints for reading in general.

Last year, the program held 102 actions, executed in 55 counties, totaling over 38,6 thousand people, between consultations, surgery and dispensing glasses. In this year, the program's actions have been carried out in 17 counties, totaling over 6 thousand people.

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