Western Scientific is proud to announce the sponsorship of the final year research project of three Optometry Students of the University of Guyana. The project is on “The prevalence of refractive errors in selected secondary school students from hinterland (Lethem) versus coastland area (Essequibo Coast).”


The project, undertaken by Tinesha Bess, Carla Cassiano, and Pritta Malcolme seeks not only to investigate and evaluate eye care services in the areas but to also provide services to secondary school students whilst educating them about the importance of an eye examination. The final year students stated that their “major goal at the end of this study was for the Ministry of Education to collaborate with the Ministry of Health to implement policies such as free biennial eye examinations and to strengthen existing programs available for academic development.”

The sponsorship is part of Western Scientific’s ongoing commitment to Guyana and the development of her emerging leaders and workforce.

Edwin Mackoon, President of Western Scientific shared, “We are 100% committed to Guyana and believe in Guyana’s very bright future. As the “meeting point for technology’ in the Caribbean for over 22 countries, we are devoted to building our business here and investing in young people. Research is a corner stone of development and we are happy to give youth a chance to make a difference for their country.”

Tinesha Bess, Optometry Student said “As University of Guyana students, funding is not readily available to us to conduct research in outlying rural and hinterland areas. Therefore, most of the final year research projects are focused on Georgetown and Berbice as the areas are more accessible. It was important for myself and Ms Carla Cassiano who are from Essequibo Coast and Lethem respectively to conduct research where it’s most needed. Western Scientific made this possible”

Western Scientific with Head Office in Trinidad, will continue to support projects of this kind which have the potential to improve national growth and development by facilitating decision making through the use of data and research. This commitment will be cemented by the opening of a local office in Guyana, later this year

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