Bedok South elderly residents get free eye tests

About 50 senior citizens got free eye tests and were given a pair of customised spectacles at Bedok Sunflower RC on Dec 13, 2015.
About 50 senior citizens got free eye tests and were given a pair of customised spectacles at Bedok Sunflower RC on Dec 13, 2015.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
About 50 senior citizens got free eye tests and were given a pair of customised spectacles at Bedok Sunflower RC on Dec 13, 2015.
About 50 senior citizens got free eye tests and were given a pair of customised spectacles at Bedok Sunflower RC on Dec 13, 2015.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
About 50 senior citizens got free eye tests and were given a pair of customised spectacles at Bedok Sunflower RC on Dec 13, 2015.
About 50 senior citizens got free eye tests and were given a pair of customised spectacles at Bedok Sunflower RC on Dec 13, 2015.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
About 50 senior citizens got free eye tests and were given a pair of customised spectacles at Bedok Sunflower RC on Dec 13, 2015.
About 50 senior citizens got free eye tests and were given a pair of customised spectacles at Bedok Sunflower RC on Dec 13, 2015.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - Madam Napsiah Abdullah, 74, cannot remember the last time she had an eye check-up.

The retiree, who lives in Bedok South, has problems seeing objects both near and far away. "Some times its very difficult to read," she said.

But soon, reading would be a lot easier. Madam Napsiah, was among 50 senior citizens who will receive a free pair of glasses after they got their eyes checked on Sunday (Dec 13) at the Bedok Sunflower Residents' Committee (RC).

The checks were done as part of a community programme by the RC and opticians from Vision Ease Eyewear.

Optician Jason K Vasavan said it was important for those above the age of 60 to get their eyes checked at least once a year.

"If they do that, we can detect eye problems like cataracts or glaucoma early, so they can be treated," said Mr Vasavan.

He added that many vision problems suffered by the elderly can be treated medically, or with glasses.

This is the second time the programme has been held in three years.

dansonc@sph.com.sg