The Rotary Foundation Funds Nepal Ocular Testing Equipment

The Rotary Foundation has approved funding of $85,382USD to provide an ocular coherence tomography system for Hetauda Community Eye Hospital in Nepal. The grant application was submitted by Rotary District 9830 Tasmania with a contribution of $27,316 USD from Foundation district designated funds. Rotary Districts 3461 and 3462 each contributed $7,500 USD to the global grant.

Ocular coherence tomography is a non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-sectional pictures of the retina and optic nerve head. These images enable ophthalmologists to identify pathology and make treatment decisions. The diseases in which OCT evaluation is essential include some of the most common causes of preventable blindness – diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.