Do you know that, World Sight Day is a global initiative to raise awareness on preventable blindness and vision impairment. There are approximately 285 million people worldwide who live with low vision and blindness.
Thanks to the wonderful invitation, I recently went to Sunway Pyramid for the World Sight Day 2017 – Make Vision Count event, a CSR campaign by Focus Point to advocate eye and vision care amidst rising vision impairment and eye problem incidences in the country.
An estimated 15,000 people nationwide suffer from low-vision impairment based on statistics obtained from government hospitals. Among the factors causing low-vision impairment are diseases like glaucoma, diabetes, age-related degeneration, cataracts, retinal disease and uncorrected refractive error.
80% of the world’s blindness or vision impairment are actually preventable, either by early detection of eye problem or by having it cured by a treatment or surgery, or can be solved just having a pair of prescription glasses.
One of the global concerns is rising trend of Myopia (short-sightedness) which affects many school-aged children and is fast becoming a major public health issue of our time.
This rising trend of Myopia should be a concern for all of us as high levels of Myopia increases the risk of sight-threatening conditions such as Retinal Detachment, Myopic Macular Degeneration, Cataract and Glaucoma at later stage of life.
“World Sight Day is a particularly meaningful event for Focus Point as it synergizes with the company’s core values and business model of making people to see better. This year marks our 6th year running the World Sight Day event. We are excited and proud to be part of global effort in raising public awareness on the importance of vision care and eye health. It is also very much in line with the company’s philosophy of giving back to the community,” said Dato’ Liaw Choon Liang, President and CEO of Focus Point Holdings Berhad.
The Creatif Academy of Art & Design did a beautiful 3D Eye Sculpture to depict the realities of eye care to bring the theme Making Vision Count to life.
Focus Point generously donated 1,000 pairs of optical frames to the Lions Club of KL Bukit Kiara and contributed RM5,000 cash to the Malaysian Association for the Blind.
My sister took the opportunity to try out Focus Point’s complimentary diagnostic eye checks which available to public throughout the event. This test uses Visuref 100 (Autorefractokeratometer), a computer-controlled machine to provide an objective measurement of a person’s refractive errors (eye power) and cornea curvature.
Next, she continued with the ZEISS Visuscout 100 (Fundus Camera), a hand held non-dilated fundus camera to capture an image of our retina (nerve layer of the eye). It is useful in screening and detection of retinal abnormalities.
This is ZEISS Visuplan 500 (Tonometer), an automated non-contact tonometer, which uses a soft air-puff to measure the intraocular pressure (IOP) of the eye. Tonometer is a standard tool to screen and monitor glaucoma, a potentially sight threatening condition as a result of damage to the nerve structures of the eye due to increase in intraocular pressure.
I enjoyed myself at this happening vibrant event where Focus Point offered a kaleidoscopic range of activities to encourage Malaysians to care for their eyes and vision. We can definitely beat preventable blindness or vision impairment by having proper education and useful information from reliable sources like this kind of event.
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