Demand rises for prosthetic eyes in Islamabad

Demand rises for prosthetic eyes in Islamabad

There is a rising demand for ocular prosthetics in Islamabad, according to a report.

Mohammed Rashid, who heads the department for contact lenses and artificial eyes at the Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, told Pakistani publication the News that more and more people are coming in for artificial eye replacements.

With 550 to 650 patients annually, or 10 or 12 a week, the number has grown in recent times.

Mr Rashid explained that ready-made and custom-made prosthetic eyes exist and said that the latter are preferable as they "provide greater comfort, better eye movement and a superior natural looking result".

He also put the rise in demand down to the quality and affordability of the treatment, as well as its availability.

Established in 1985, the Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital is a charity that is non-political.

It aims to provide sustainable methods of eye care to prevent blindness and to enable research in the field of ophthalmology.

by Adrian Galbreth

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