Free eye screenings for the underprivileged on World Sight Day

Mr Wee Chin Wei, (left), 84, from Kheng Chiu Loke Tin Kee Home, having his eyes checked by Ngee Ann Polytechnic student Brenda Ang, 19, a student pursuing her Diploma in Optomery, at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
Mr Wee Chin Wei, (left), 84, from Kheng Chiu Loke Tin Kee Home, having his eyes checked by Ngee Ann Polytechnic student Brenda Ang, 19, a student pursuing her Diploma in Optomery, at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

SINGAPORE - Some 270 underprivileged senior citizens, adults and children were given free eye screenings on Thursday to mark World Sight Day.

Spectacles were also prescribed and provided free of charge to those in need, and referrals given to those with more serious eye and vision problems.

The free screenings were coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight, a nonprofit organisation, and held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic Optometry Centre, Singapore Polytechnic Optometry Center and Institute of Technical Education's College East.

The beneficiaries 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 Centre.

"This is the fifth 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, 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."

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