The University of Cape Coast has inaugurated a new Eye Clinic under the auspices of the Directorate of University Health Services (DUHS) and the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah stated that prior to the establishment of the Clinic, the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences relied on two small on-site eye clinics which were mainly used for the purpose of training students.
Prof. Ampiah said due to an increase in students’ enrolment; it became evident that there was the need to look for extra space to expand the training facilities for the Department. He indicated the Department, therefore, collaborated with DUHS to secure spacious area to provide quality healthcare to the University and its surrounding communities.
He added, “the ceremony officially marks the collaboration between the Department of Optometry Vision Sciences and DUHS to operate a joint eye care facility, borne out of the spirit of mutual partnership to provide an extra training facility for students and also to provide quality eye care services to University Community.”
The Vice-Chancellor said the major causes of blindness such as refractive errors, cataract, glaucoma and corneal diseases were preventable and manageable if detected or reported early.
“I am confident that, this new facility here at the University will considerably increase the University’s contribution in reducing blindness and visual impairment in Ghana and radically improve the quality of eye care services for patients and staff both in the immediate future and in the years to come,” he explained.
The University Eye Clinic has a state-of-the-art facility incorporating five fully equipped consulting rooms. The facility will offer comprehensive vision assessment, diagnosis and management of eye diseases, refractive error, optical services, as well as other specialised services including optical coherence and tomography (OCT) scans.