47 eye camps so far. The interest in the visually impaired stems from the work we started in Bosnia in 1992. We initially supplied sticks for the blind and Braille machines. Over the last 10 years we have been involved with cataract camps in South Africa, India and Pakistan. Each operation costs £30 and we have operated on over 10,000 patients both adults and children. We also support eye care during our visits.
We employ the services of local surgeons in Pakistan. Vision International carry out the operations free. Eye camps are held twice a year. In our work we have been helped by donations from Oak Tree Trust who recently sponsored a full camp of 260 patients.
2015 was the turning point for MIAT. A chance discussion with Dr Shara a fellow deputy Lieutenant colleague of Professor Gatrad, Akmal Siddiqui, a consultant ophthalmologist, was introduced to him. She visited Pakistan and set up the Refraction Service (80% 0f patients only need glasses) and on her recommendation, an optometrist has been appointed. A typical day’s work is:
|1||56 yrs old||Conjuctivitis||Medication|
|2||41 yrs old||Presbyopic||N.V glass|
|3||50 yrs old||Presbyopic||N.V glass|
|4||25 yrs old||Emmetropic||N.A|
|5||15 yrs old||Headache||Medication|
|6||4 yrs old||Emmetropic||N.A|
|7||16 yrs old||Iris and lens deformity||R/f. Surg|
|8||4 yrs old 8||Presbyopic||N.V glass|
|9||19 yrs old||Myopia||D.V glass|
|10||41 yrs old||Chalazion||R/f Surg|
|11||25 yrs old||Eye twich||Medication|
|12||55 yrs old||conjuctivitis||Medication|
|13||57 yrs old||Presbyopic||N.V glass|
|15||32 yrs old||Emmetropic||N.A|
|16||3 yrs old||Emmetropic||N.A|
Prof Gatrad is working with cbm – an international charity to help collaborate work of MIAT which very soon will involve the care of diabetic eyes – a condition that leads to blindness and is completely preventable. Funding is in place to purchase lazer machines for such a venture.
MIAT funds over 1000 cataract operations per year
Cataracts – after the removal of bandages
‘I can now see – may Allah always shower blessings on you’ – said this lady
After the cataract operation
Cataracts – Mr Aslam explaining how often to use the eye medicine
A historic moment – Syeda Akmal – a consultant Opthalmologist from Manchester has set up an ‘Eye Unit’ – primarily to prevent blindness. Here she is teaching and training on glaucoma detection and detecting diabetic retinopathy.
Working with blind children
MIAT supports and has donated equipment to AKAB School For The Blind.
Visiting a shool for the blind 2016. On return to the UK The Walsall Society for the blind were kind enough to donate 3 Braille machines.
Eye camp in Kasguma
Eye camp in Kasguma. Over 2 day 500 patients were seen and although most needed glasses donated by SIOpticals Leicester 139 were operated for cataracts - the funding was by MIAT. Prof Gatrad hopes to make Kasguma Hospital in Kashmir a Cataract centre for the whole of Kashmir. The beds, blankets and duvets were donated by MIAT.
Shabir Ibrahim of Leicester donated specs for distribution at the eye camp in Kasguma 2016.