Hospital to offer eye services
2013-June-27 Source: Szdaily web edition
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The University of Hong Kong (HKU) Shenzhen Hospital is planning to offer check-up and treatment packages for eyes, to reduce patients' risks of contracting eye diseases and related ailments.

The services will address patients' eye problems or potential problems. Surgeries will be conducted if necessary by leading medical staff from Hong Kong, said Professor David Wong, a well-known Hong Kong eye doctor at HKU.

The services are mainly aimed at children younger than 16, seniors older than 60 and people with diabetes. Prices had not been announced as of yesterday.

The hospital is expected to offer the first comprehensive examination for diabetic retinopathy on the mainland to help diabetes patients avoid eye problems.

"We found that more than 30 percent of diabetes patients had diabetic retinopathy and 10 percent of them actually had vision problems. Some even lost their sight because of it. However, on the mainland, many patients are not aware that some diseases can affect their eyes and we hope our services can help introduce those concepts," Wong said.

In the United Kingdom, every person older than 60 or younger than 16 is entitled to free eye tests.

"These age populations have higher rates of eye diseases, many of which are amenable to treatment to prevent loss of vision," Wong said.

The hospital also plans to gradually introduce leading technologies to treat glaucoma and cataracts. At least one Hong Kong doctor is working in the hospital's ophthalmology department and that number is expected to increase after more Hong Kong doctors gain licenses on the mainland.

Meanwhile, the hospital had received 998 reports related to patient affairs, as of yesterday, since it opened July 1 last year. Only 0.5 percent of those reports involved complaints, hospital representatives said. The main complaints involved issues such as reservation systems, waiting hours, medical reports, medical treatments and drugs. The hospital has a special team to investigate medical accidents.

Residents interested in attending an upcoming open house at the hospital can call 8351-9930. Free health checks will be offered to participants.

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