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World Sight Day 8 Oct 2009

Eye Centre performs 50 Free Cataract surgeries

Pusat Pakar Mata Centre for Sight today performed the first batch of 50 cataract surgeries for the underprivileged poor, absolutely free of any charges including medications and follow-ups for the next three months.

This is in conjunction with World Sight Day (WSD) which is a WHO (World Health Organization) annual day for global attention on preventive blindness, said its founder, Corneal and Refractive Surgeon, Dr. Choong Yean Yaw. Dr. Choong has been contributing what he can donate best which is in performing free surgeries, as an eye surgeon.

YB Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun gracefully witnessed the hosting of this event.  YB was impressed that a global charity event was hosted on such a grand scale in Malaysia by Dr. Choong. It is human generosity to bring sight to the poor.

Main co-host for the event was the President of Lions Club Pantai Hill – Ms Flora Tan who had contributed tremendously in her time to reach out to the poor. Other NGOs who have participated in many ways were Glaucoma Society of KL and Selangor, National Kidney Foundation, Chempaka Buddhist Lodge, Forest Research Institute of Malaysia, ING Agency and many other individual supporters.

Eight other eye specialists from Hospital KL and University Hospital also attended, to learn and understand from Dr. Choong’s usage of some of the most advanced equipments and unique procedures in carrying out these cataract surgeries.

Amongst the other dignitaries to witness these free surgeries were KH Koh-acting CEO of NKF, Liew Chang Huat of Chempaka Bhuddhist Lodge, Steven Chan-president of Glaucoma Society and many other supporters.

Cataract surgeries were selected because it is a needless blinding condition especially amongst the poor who have limited access for medical treatments, and also because of their perceptions that it is an acceptable age blinding process. By restoring vision to their lives will definitely makes a difference through lifting poverty out of their families in social, economic and quality of life.

Dr. Choong is grateful especially to his sub-specialists, including Retina surgeon Dr. Ahmad Fauzi, Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Zurina Zainal and Paediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Lai Voon Ping for their dedication in performing the surgeries, and to all his non medical team in assisting in this event.

This is the fourth annual event Centre for Sight has hosted since 2006 with 35 charity cases performed in 2008. Centre for Sight hopes to perform more of these free surgeries for WSD every year. The lack of public awareness on WSD and not knowing Centre for Sight’s moral and social responsibilities in performing charity surgeries are the main reasons that limit the number of cases.

Every year Centre for Sight hosts the most meaningful way by restoring sight to the under privileged and is also the most active tertiary eye centre in the country hosting WSD, by performing so many cataract surgeries absolutely free.