For Immediate Release
Singapore National Eye Centre and Singapore Lions Club Celebrate a Decade of Collaboration with Free Eye Screening on World Sight Day
8 October 2017, Singapore – Many eye conditions do not have drastic or immediate symptoms, thus can be hard to discover without professional help. While the key to detection and prevention is regular eye screening, not everyone will go out of their way to do so as it can be inconvenient or costly.
In conjunction with World Sight Day 2017 and Lions Sight Day 2017, the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) partnered Bishan East – Thomson Active Ageing Committee, Lions SaveSight Centre (Singapore) and Lions Clubs International District 308-A1 to organise free eye checks at Bishan. This year also marks a decade of collaboration between the organisations.
With the aim of making eye check-ups more accessible to the public, a team of 100 eye-care professionals and Grassroots Volunteers from Bishan East – Thomson Active Ageing Committee came together to raise awareness on the importance of eye screening. Adviser to Bishan – Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency (GRC) Grassroots Organisations (GROs), Mr Chong Kee Hiong also joined the event as Guest-of-Honour. In total, 500 residents aged 45 years and above residing in Bishan – Toa Payoh received the free eye screening services, held at Bishan Community Club.
Collaboration between SNEC and Lions Club Singapore in the Prevention of Blindness
SNEC’s annual programmes include reaching out to the community in various aspects of eye care, be it through community eye screening and educational talks held locally, or internationally. The National Eye Care Day organised by SNEC since 2000 has benefited over 35,000 people with free eye screenings for eye-related conditions and educates them on good eye health habits. Lions Clubs of Singapore and Lions Clubs International have established eye care and preventive blindness especially for the needy, among their main programmes.
Together with the community, efforts from SNEC and Lions Club’s blindness prevention programmes, coupled with Lions network and spirit of volunteerism amongst its members, extends the reach of these programmes and make them more
successful. This demonstrates the spirit of a caring and inclusive society, where we look out for one another and ensure that primary eye care services can be accessed by people from all walks of life.
About Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)
Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) was incorporated in 1989 and commenced operations in 1990. It is the designated national centre within the public-sector healthcare network, and spearheads and coordinates the provision of specialised ophthalmological services with emphasis on quality education and research. Since its opening in 1990, SNEC has achieved rapid growth and currently manages an annual workload of 300,000 outpatient visits, 35,000 major eye surgeries and laser procedures.
Subspecialties in Cataract, Corneal and External Eye Disease, General Cataract and Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Refractive Surgery, Ocular Inflammation and Immunology, Medical Retina and Surgical Retina have been established to provide a full range of eye treatment from comprehensive to tertiary levels for the entire spectrum of eye conditions.
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