Second Annual UOG Optometry Students’ Dinner

The Bachelor of Science in Optometry offered by the University of Guyana (UOG), is a 4-year programme, including internship. Based in the Department of Public Health, it is built on the core curriculum as prescribed by UK-based General Optical Council (GOC).In addition to classes and simulated practice on campus, students undertake clinical attachment (and eventually, their 6-credits internship) in more than ten leading Eye Clinics and Eye Departments in five countries across the Caribbean. The first Optometry cohort commenced training at the University Of Guyana in 2010. Today, there are three cohorts, years 1, 2 and 3 (there was no intake in 2011). There are more …

22 Optometrists graduated from the University Of Guyana – Sat. 8th Nov. 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 Optometry graduates – University Of Guyana, Bachelors of Science in Optometry. Front row (seated) – Khohane Blake, Juewan Murray, Antonia McCurchin, Luciean Andrews2nd row – Charles Vandyke – (National Programme Manager CCB-Eye Care Guyana), Arvel Grant (CEO, CCB Eye Care Caribbean), Khemol Roshan, Stephanie Jean-Jacques, Dr. Bheri Ramsaran (Minister of Health), Madonna Narine, Gordon Marshall, Rev. Noel Holder (Head of Public Health – University of Guyana), Dr. Imran Khan (Chief Programme Development Advisor – Sightsavers)3rd row – Mahendra Rampersaud, Demali Lovell, Imran Khan, Romeo Singh, Stephan Dundas, Jonelle Duke, Keshi Pyle, Dr. Genalin Ang (Head of …

Making a Difference in Linden

Shellon Swaving who heads the Unit for the Visually Impaired at the Wismar Hill Primary School in Linden, Guyana. With the help of other teachers, they are making a difference in the lives of students who are blind and visually impaired. {youtube}FhdyN1HbmUI{/youtube}

Glaucoma Week 2013

World Glaucoma Week is a joint global initiative of the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patients Association to raise awareness of this condition. In this video produced by the Caribbean Council for he Blind (CCB), Dr. Shailendra Sugrim, a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Glaucoma Specialist, at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in Guyana shares his knowledge about the prevalence of Glaucoma in Guyana and the wider Caribbean. {youtube}l_JC1twMtE4{/youtube}

Making Strides – Optometry Degree Launched

In a move that has been hailed as a breakthrough in the development of skilled eye health workers in the region, the degree course in Optometry came into being at the University of Guyana in August 2010. The programme which was the culmination of a long-running campaign by the Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB) came about in an effort to help bring the ratio of eye care professionals closer to acceptable international standards. As a result CCB partnered with the University of Guyana, to launch a 4-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Optometry. Today the course of study includes …

Living Without Sight – but Not Daunted

Alfred Rogers was seated on a stool next to a tiny wobbly wooden structure that was laden with an assortment of snacks. A handwritten sign placed just behind the stall read. “Kindly assist this blind man’s stand – Alfred Rogers” For over 40 years, Alfred was like any other sighted person, active in his community and had a steady job. But one day in 2001 – Glaucoma, the thief of sight-robbed him of his vision.  

Glaucoma Watch > Cricket Saved Me

Ganesh Singh was your typical student. At his High School in Georgetown, Guyana, he was popular among his peers, the heart-throb of teenage girls and he had an insatiable appetite for the game of cricket and maths. Overall, life was good, but things took a dramatic turn when at the age of thirteen (13), on a visit to the United States, he was diagnosed with Glaucoma. “I was basically seeing objects; I could define them although I could only see shadows”.