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Vision Action Spotlight: John Nyarko Enhances Eye Care Services in Upper East Region

John Nyarko, Optometrist at the Vision Action centre in the Upper East Regional Hospital, Bolgatanga, is making significant strides in improving eye care services.

John’s journey into optometry was driven by a passion for healthcare and a profound awareness of the critical need for eye care professionals. A visit to his local hospital revealed a staggering statistic: only one Ophthalmic nurse was available to serve 30,000 patients. This motivated John to pursue a career in optometry, aiming to bridge the gap in eye care resources.

In June, John participated in Vision Action’s Training of Trainers Course, held at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. The course, funded by Optometry Giving Sight and The Karen Sparrow Training and Education Fund, proved to be a pivotal experience for him. Despite already providing low vision services, John found the course to be an invaluable refresher, enhancing his knowledge of both optical and non-optical low vision devices.

“With a renewed enthusiasm in Low Vision practice, I believe I can provide more efficient service to my clients with low vision,” John shared. The course not only reinforced his expertise in low vision care but also equipped him with the skills to train others. He is now better prepared to deliver low vision training to fellow health professionals and community health workers in primary eye health.

John emphasizes the broader impact of comprehensive training in low vision care. He believes it will increase the number of trained personnel and boost awareness and enthusiasm for low vision rehabilitation services. Ultimately, this will enhance the lives and independence of patients living with visual impairments.

Through his dedication and the support of Vision Action, John Nyarko is making a significant difference in the Upper East Region, providing much-needed eye care and training that will benefit the community for years to come.