On 8th October 2015, Optometry Giving Sight coordinated free eye screenings for underprivileged senior citizens, adults and children in Singapore to mark World Sight Day.
The screenings tested for pathology and refraction, and had been coordinated with the support of the optometry departments of the Institute for Technical Education (ITE), Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, and Singapore Optometric Association.
The free eye screening was given to 270 participants. They came from Jamiyah Halfway House, Geylang East Home for the Aged, Jamiyah Home for the Aged, Kheng Chiu, Loke Tin Kee Home and Fei Yue Family Service Center. The response from the student volunteers on that day was very positive.
“This is the 5th year that Optometry Giving Sight has coordinated eye screenings on World Sight Day to help those people who are needlessly living with avoidable blindness or vision impairment,” said Dr. Stan Isaacs, a Chairman of Optometry Giving Sight. “Sight really is our most treasured sense and helps children to learn, adults to work and the elderly to live independent and dignified lives. We feel privileged to be able to provide this service with the support of our volunteers and industry partners”.
Industry partners for the Singapore initiative include Alcon, AMO Abbott, Bausch + Lomb, Carl Zeiss, Cooper Vision, Essilor Vision Foundation, HOYA and Shamir. Spectacle frames were donated First Eye Wear, Nanyang Optical, Paris Miki Optical and Stan Isaacs. Spectacle lenses were donated by Carl Zeiss, Essilor Vision Foundation, HOYA and Shamir.
The event was held at ITE College East, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic.
Volunteers from Institute forTechnical Education (ITE)