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World Sight Day 14 Oct 2010

This year Centre for Sight performed another batch of 55 underprivileged patients for cataract surgeries absolutely free of charge covering pre-operative assessments, the surgeries and post-operative follow-ups for 3 months with all required medications. A total of 55 hard core poor were selected for World Sight Day (WSD) 2010 and some were operated at the Rawang branch of Centre for Sight giving convenience to the patients.

Guest of honour to witness this global event was Deputy Finance Minister YB Senator Dato’ Ir. Lim Siang Chai. Dato’ Lim was amazed that Pusat Pakar Mata Centre for Sight had given sight to more than 250 hard core poor over the last five annual WSD events. Dato’ Lim was also impressed that this global event was organized on such a grand scale in Malaysia and pioneered by corneal surgeon Yang berbahagia Dr. Choong Yean Yaw. He is also the founder of Centre for Sight.

Cataract surgery was opted because it is the leading cause of blindness amongst the elderly poor. Affecting more than 153 million people or 4% of the world’s population, blindness is predominantly found especially in third world countries. However, this blinding condition is reversible when an artificial lens is implanted replacing the cloudy natural lens.

Centre for Sight stressed that even the poorest have the right to sight. Restoring vision to the poor will uplift their confidence in quality of life because blindness can have severe economic implications on their families.

Working together with Dr. Choong was his team of other sub specialists including retina surgeon Dr. Ahmad Fauzi b Md Sharif, pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Lai Voon Ping and aesthetic & Oculo-plastic surgeon Dr. Zurina bt Zianal Abidin, all are resident surgeons at Pusat Pakar Mata Centre for Sight.

Also present to witness this global event were 20 other eye specialists from the government hospitals: 5 from Hospital Selayang, 5 from Hospital Sg. Buloh, 5 from Hospital Kuala Lumpur, 2 from Hospital University Kebangsaan Malaysia and 1 from Hospital Serdang.

This was an opportunity for them to understand more about Centre for Sight’s use of the most advanced equipment even for the poor, and the unique procedures employed by this eye centre. There was no distinction in the surgical procedures, medical supplies and medications used for the deserving poor or for self paying patients.

The event also included a briefing to the attending ophthalmologists on the new phaco equipment Stellaris from Bausch & Lomb Malaysia where Dr. Joel AD Jovier from the Philippines presented a live talk while the cataract surgeries were being performed.

The deserving poor patients were operated on with Stellaris which provided another advantage during the surgery and thereafter, enjoying a faster recovery. The usual cornea incision during cataract surgery is between 2.2mm to 2.8mm. However, with Stellaris the cornea incision was reduced to 1.8mm during the surgery, another benefit to reduce induced astigmatism normally encountered during any cataract surgery.

This year WSD at Pusat Pakar Mata Centre for Sight was co-organized by Lions Club of Kuala Lumpur Pantil Hill. District Governor Dato’ Yeow Wah Chin, immediate past president Lions Flora Tan, president Lions Nicholas Chen and other members were present to grace this meaningful event.

Independent interest groups and individuals that have assisted in searching for these deserving poor patients to have their cataract surgeries done were: Steven Chan of Glaucoma Society Malaysia, CEO KH Koh of National Kidney Foundation, co-ordinating manager Mr. Siah of Tzu Chi, Phillip Mok of Victory Homes, Alice Yuen of Ci Hang, Ms. Wendy Yap of Caring Homes, Pastor Kit of Calvary Home. Janet of Charis Home, Dato’ Vincent Lim of Shah Alam Buddhist Society, Dr. Vimala of Forest Research Institute of Malaysia, Belinda Sze of Lions Club of Bukit Kiara, and Dr. Sanjay of Kiara Medical Centre.

All the sub-specialists at Centre for Sight were extremely grateful to all who have assisted in one way or another. Centre for Sight hopes that WSD for every successive year will bring sight to more and more hard core patients as this eye centre strongly believes in the elimination of preventable blindness. Type your event text here