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We Can see Clearly Now...

Lion's Eye Clinic Ophthalmologist Dr. Hadi Kjeabo demonstrates the new Retinomax to Ministry of Health Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn, Health Services Authority Chief Executive Officer Lizzette Yearwood and Lion's Club of Grand Cayman members.

It is compact and does not look like much, but when it comes to testing eyes, the Retinomax punches well above its weight and opens new testing possibilities for ophthalmologists at the Lion's Eye Clinic.

A new generation wireless, handheld auto-refractor, the Retinomax is a testing device that identifies refractive errors, helping doctors determine whether or not prescription glasses are needed.

"We are truly thankful for the latest donation from our patron, the Lion's Club of Grand Cayman. This is a piece of equipment that drastically expands our testing capabilities," said Lion's Eye Clinic Head Ophthalmologist Dr. Jyotin Pandit.

For one, it allows the clinic's doctors increased mobility. "Because the Retinomax is portable, we can now conduct preliminary eye examinations on patients who cannot get into the office. And it will certainly simplify our mobile clinics such as the annual Lion's school screenings when we test the eyes of local primary school students.

"In addition, we can now offer our Cayman Brac patients state-of-the-art testing since the ophthalmologists can take easily take the Retinomax with them on their monthly Faith Hospital visits.

"Due to the size and cost of a traditional auto-refractor, this kind of testing hasn't been available on the Brac before," Dr. Pandit explained.

The new auto-refractor also makes eye examinations a lot easier, especially for the very young and those with disabilities: "A traditional auto-refractor examination can be a bit challenging for some. Young children find it hard to stay still and it is less than ideal for wheelchair patients too," he noted.

"Good eye sight is a wonderful gift and we should not take it for granted. For this reason our club continues to support the Eye Clinic's work. Every year we liaise with staff to determine what is needed most," said Lion's Second Vice President Ian Callow.

"The versatility of the handheld, wireless Retinomax makes it a fantastic addition to the Lion's Eye Clinic equipment as it allows for better screening - always important, especially in young children.

"We are always glad to enhance services at the Eye Clinic and we'll continue to support their effort to be the provider of choice for those needing eye surgery," Mr. Callow concluded.

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