LRBT treats its 48 million patients: Kashif

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LRBT, the largest free eye-care network in Pakistan, recently reached another milestone of treating its 48 millionth patient Kashif, a 25 year old boy. No other charitable organization has ever treated such an enormous number of patients in the country.

Since a young age, Kashif had poor vision, while visits to the local clinic could not help improve his vision.

Being the sole bread earner of his family, he worked in a bakery and did odd jobs too. Eventually his vision deteriorated to the extent that he was unable to work.

The family was about to lose the roof over their head when the LRBT came as his sight saviour and cured him from becoming blind forever. At LRBT he was diagnosed with Keratonus in both of his eyes, a condition which weakens the corneal tissue, causing permanent corneal deformity.

The disease had progressed quite far in his right eye and he needed a corneal transplant, which was carried out. At his post operation check-up his vision was found considerably better and once his right eye is healed he will come back for his left eye graft also.

LRBT comprises of a network of 76 facilities (19 hospitals and 57 primary eye-care centres), covering around 70% of Pakistan. Most of the LRBT’s facilities are located in small towns, villages and in urban slums.

LRBT treats every aspect of visual impairment with state-of-the-art technology, including cataract, vitreo retina, glaucoma, cornea transplant and diabetic retinopathy.

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