is a risk of damage to the sight of people with leprosy. Care of the
eyes is therefore of fundamental importance. In 2009 a new building was
constructed which houses the oph- thalmological unit. Hanouna is in charge
of the unit. For the future there is a brand new apparatus for
examination of patients' eyes.
Because leprosy is a disease of the nerves the nerves related to sight
need to be protected. The optic nerve is not so much at risk
because it is a deep one. The leprosy bacillus does not like heat.
Therefore it is more likely to attack the eyelids which may no longer
shut completely. As a result patients may have ulceration of the cornea
because their eyes are no longer protected from the dust.
It is also necessary to examine the tear ducts because tears are very important for the eyes.