World Sight Day Charity Event

WORLD SIGHT DAY is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. It was held on 13th October 2011 and SOP was invited by Ciba Vision to be involved in this occasion organised by Optometry Giving Sight Organization.

Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and get a pair of glasses. We can transform lives through these gifts of vision.

Increasing elderly populations in many countries mean that more people will be at risk of age-related visual impairment. Those who receive our generosity will receive one of the most treasured gifts – The Gift of Vision. Many age-related conditions leading to blindness such as cataract, refractive error and glaucoma can be detected through such event. Timely intervention can often delay or reduce their effects on vision.

Some 250 senior citizens on public assistance from the North East and North West CDC had their eyes screened on this day. Elderly who were diagnosed with uncorrected refractive errors were given a free pair of spectacles. Those with threatening pathologies have been referred to the nearest polyclinics.

SOP Project Manager, Mr William Loke has approached our members for their contribution of time and help in conducting eye testing during this event. We gladly thank those who came forward and volunteer their precious time with us. We were assigned to 2 different locations to provide eye testing. This event was held at Singapore Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic Optometry Centre.

Our members arrived punctually at their designated location at 8am. After a short briefing and assignment of duties, we were all ready in our refraction room waiting for our patients. Bus transportation was provided to bring these elderly and students volunteer were all ready for each one of them when they arrived at 8:30am.

Once registration is done, they were put through visual acuity test and proceed for eye examination. We had fun conversing in dialects. Interacting with many different races of elderly was another challenging part during our refraction session. Surprisingly, to some of them, it was their first time having their eye check. They were each given a pair of spectacle that will help them to maintain their independence and continue to contribute to their families and even communities. Preserving or restoring vision can actually be accomplished at little cost.

The elderly were served refreshment and the event ended just before noon. Opticians do play a major role in the primary eye care services and were of great help in this event. Therefore, we do hope more eye care organizations, health professionals and individual practitioners will work together in partnership to eliminate avoidable blindness.

The annual World Sight Day provides an opportunity to become more aware and more committed to ensuring the right to sight for all. Hundreds of events will take place throughout the world to mark this occasion. SOP will continue to support and play a part in this meaningful event.