The Ver Project, a joint effort of ophthalmologic surgeries from the State Department of Health (SES / SC) in partnership with philanthropic hospitals, returns to the South of the State in November. On Wednesday, 14, cataract surgeries began for 207 patients from the Carboniferous Region (Amrec) at St. Mark's Hospital, New Venice. From Thursday 15, to Sunday, 18, 783 patients from the Laguna Region (Amurel) will also be treated with cataract surgeries at the Hospital Santa Teresinha, in Braço do Norte.
Until October, Project Ver has already returned the vision to 21.7 thousand residents of Santa Catarina. "The demand for elective ophthalmologic surgeries was the largest in the state, more than twice as high as the second. With Project Ver, we will reduce the queue in this specialty by 90%. People who had been waiting for years to see again today are fulfilling a dream of life, "said Secretary of State for Health, Acélio Casagrande.
According to the Superintendent of Planning and Management of SES / SC, Grace Ella Berenhauser, the partner hospital offers the installed capacity and undertakes to provide goggles and eye drops for post-surgical treatment, with surgeries funded by state and federal governments . Each patient undergoes preoperative consultation and two postoperative visits, the next day and 30 days after surgery. The municipal health secretaries send the patients according to the queue inserted in the Regulation System (Sisreg).
In May the hospital of Nova Veneza did 450 cataract surgeries also inside Project Ver.
Cataract is a disease characterized by the loss of transparency of the lens of the eye, a natural lens whose function is to provide the focus of vision at different distances. The main cause is aging of the lens, which is why it is very frequent in the elderly population. However, the disease can also be caused by secondary factors such as diabetes, indiscriminate use of eye drops or medications with corticosteroids, strokes, eye infection and smoking.