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Mayor Oscar Moreno smiles as he shows his inked finger after voting in the May 13 elections. Moreno says his eyes were over exposed to the sun during the campaign period, and he had to go to the hospital over the weekend to have the accumulated cataract in his right eye removed. (photo by Nitz Arancon)

Cataract: Campaign takes toll on Oca eyes

MAYOR Oscar Moreno was in the hospital on Saturday for a cataract removal operation. While he would continue reporting for work at city hall, he said he would maintain a light schedule for two weeks on doctors’ advice.

In a statement, Moreno said the rigors of his last reelection campaign have taken their toll on him. “My twice-a-day house-to-house handshakings (one in the morning and another in the afternoon) have unduly exposed my eyes to the sun, resulting to an accumulation of cataract in my right eye,” he said.

Moreno said the eye operation was to prepare himself for his third and last office term as mayor. “I am getting my eyes ready for a clear vision, for myself and for our beloved CDO. We are also getting the entire bureaucracy of the city prepared for another three years of serving the people of CDO the best way possible. God bless our people and CDO!”

The operation, which lasted for about 30 minutes, was undertaken by a team of local doctors, nurses and attendants.

He said he was under mild sedation, and was conscious and conversing  with the opthalmologist and anesthesiologist during the operation but most of the time, he just listened.

“My elder sister and some cousins were in the hospital to support and encourage me all throughout. The entire operation was successful, thanks God, and my heartfelt gratitude goes to my doctors and those who helped in the operation. I am now recuperating under my doctors’ management.

“I will still report to City Hall and perform my duties and functions. I will, however, maintain a light schedule within this week and next, and will follow my doctors’ advice to avoid unnecessary exposure.”


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