Nee Soon GRC seniors to get subsidised eye screening

PHOTO: Nee Soon GRC seniors to get subsidised eye screening

Older Nee Soon residents will get help in spotting eye problems under a five-year screening programme by Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) and Nee Soon GRC's grassroots organisations.

Project Vision @ Nee Soon GRC will screen 5,000 residents aged over 50 who are not yet seeing doctors for eye conditions.

The hospital and the constituency's five Citizens Consultative Committees signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday for this tie-up.

The project marks the 10th annual Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week, which ended yesterday.

AMD is the third-most common cause of blindness in Singapore for people aged over 60.

The degenerative eye condition causes the centre of one's vision to be distorted or lost, but does not lead to total loss of sight.

Along with cataracts and glaucoma, it is one of several age-related eye conditions that will be screened for.

Nee Soon GRC will subsidise half of the $6 screening fee, with residents paying the other half.

"Eye care is usually not prescribed as part of a health screening package," noted Dr Yip Chee Chew, head of KTPH's Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

"We hope that through this initiative, more people will become aware of the importance of preventive eye screening, especially when our population is ageing."

The MOU signing was witnessed by Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam, along with other Nee Soon GRC Members of Parliament.

Earlier yesterday morning, Mr Shanmugam flagged off an AMD Awareness brisk walk for 200 residents, which started and ended at Chong Pang Community Club.

Project Vision is part of the GRC's elderly focused campaign, launched in June this year, said Mr Shanmugam.

"Today's collaboration offers age-related eye condition screening at a highly subsidised rate," he said. "It marks another step towards delivering on our promise."

janiceh@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Oct 20, 2014.
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