Another opportunity for the public to raise funds in the 2017 version of the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation Light Up the Hospital campaign.
This fundraise allows the KLHF to purchase a new Phacoemulsifier.
Kootenay Lake Hospital is the only hospital in the West Kootenays that performs cataract surgery. Trail ophthalmologist Dr. Marius Scheepers visits Nelson six days per month, performing 12 procedures each day.
A cataract forms when the lens in the eye becomes hardened and discoloured. This affects vision.
The Phacoemulsifier uses very fast ultrasonic shock waves to break up the cataract, which is then extracted through a tiny incision in the eye. A new lens is then inserted through the same incision, where it unfolds into place.
"The new phaco-emulsification machine will allow us to utilize state of the art technology to soften and extract cataracts safely," said Dr. Scheepers reports.
"The improvements in the new machine allow for increased accuracy during surgery with fewer potential side effects to the eye. This will likely result in even better surgical outcomes for patients."
Light Up the Hospital Pledge Day is Friday, December 1, 2017.
The Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation appreciates the support of the public in their ongoing fundraising projects and for making our local hospital shine brighter than ever this year.
Note: Any funds raised in excess of our goal will be directed to the purchase of other priority medical equipment for Kootenay Lake Hospital.