Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Centre marks World Sight Day by performing free cataracts

The Star News: Tuesday October 13, 2009

FIFTY poor patients got their sight back recently after undergoing cataract operations for free — thanks to Pusat Pakar Mata Centre for Sight.

Their free treatment include medication and follow-up visits for the next three months.
The operations were performed in conjunction with World Sight Day (WSD) which is a WHO (World Health Organisation) annual day for global attention on preventive blindness.

Centre for Sight founder, corneal and refractive surgeon Dr Choong Yean Yaw performed the surgeries with the help of his sub-specialists, including retina surgeon Dr Ahmad Fauzi, oculoplastic surgeon Dr Zurina Zainal and paediatric ophthalmologist Dr Lai Voon Ping.

Explaining the patient’s condition: Dr Choong (second from left) explaining a patient’s condition to Datuk Yeow Wah Chin (left) as Chew, Tan and two patients look on.

Dr Choong said as an eye surgeon, performing the cataract operations was the best form of contribution he could give to those in need.

Guest of honour to mark the special day was Wanita MCA chief and Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.

Chew was impressed that a global charity event was hosted on such a grand scale in Malaysia by Dr Choong.

The main co-host for the event was Lions Club Pantai Hill president Flora Tan who had contributed her time to reach out to the poor.

Other NGOs that contributed to the charity effort were Glaucoma Society of KL and Selangor, National Kidney Foundation, Chempaka Buddhist Lodge, Forest Research Institute of Malaysia, ING Agency and several individuals.

Also present were eight other eye specialists from Hospital KL and University Hospital who wanted to learn and understand Dr Choong’s use of some of the most advanced equipment and unique procedures in carrying out cataract surgeries.

Others present to witness the free surgeries were acting CEO of NKF K.H. Koh, Liew Chang Huat of Chempaka Buddhist Lodge and Glaucoma Society president Steven Chan.

Cataract surgeries were selected because it is a needless blinding condition especially among the poor who have limited access to medical treatment, and also because of their perception that it is a part of the ageing process.

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 the free surgeries for WSD every year.
For details, call 03 7804 4051 or surf http://www.centreforsight.com.my/ or email info@centreforsight.com.my

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