Bedok residents take part in free eye screening on Lions World Sight Day

SINGAPORE - More than 600 Bedok residents participated in a free eye screening session on Sunday morning, in conjunction with Lions World Sight Day.

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Here is the press release from the Singapore National Eye Centre:

To combat the leading causes of preventable blindness, the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), the nation's largest public eye-care institution partners Eunos Community Club, Lions SaveSight Centre (Singapore), Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs): Lions Clubs International District 308-A1, Lions Club of Singapore Eunos, Lions Clubs of Singapore and Leo Clubs of Singapore - to organise the Lions World Sight Day today.

Guest-of-Honour Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health, graced the event this morning.

Lions World Sight Day aims to increase awareness among the public through general and diabetic eye screening to prevent blindness. Grassroots organisations such as Eunos, Bedok Reservoir-Punggol, Changi-Simei and Kaki Bukit community centres also played a role in making this possible.

As part of World Sight Day, about 600 elderly went for an eye screening session and SNEC is working closely with the Lions to screen more elderly including residents at two nursing homes and Lions befriendees.

The community efforts of SNEC and Lions' preventive blindness programmes complement one another. This synergy coupled with Lions network and spirit of volunteerism amongst its members would make extend the reach of these programmes and make them more effective. This in turn would provide for a possible cooperation of public sector and VWO providing primary eye care services to the needy.

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, through the Singapore International Foundation, a train-the-surgeon programme which was successfully carried out in neighbouring countries such as Myanmar and Vietnam.

Lions Clubs of Singapore and Lions Clubs International have established eye care and preventive blindness especially for the needy, among their main programmes.