By Goh Jiah Ying, International Eye Cataract Retina Centre

Blur vision is one of the most common eye symptoms many people encounter in their daily lives. Unfortunately, most people mistakenly believe that their blur vision is a direct result of an increase in spectacles prescription, which is not always true. It can be an indication of potentially sight-threatening eye conditions and, if left undetected and untreated, can lead to blindness and negatively affect one’s quality of life.

The Singapore Optometric Association recently collaborated with Choa Chu Kang Community Club to conduct free eye screening for residents staying in the area on 8 October 2017. The purpose was to provide free eye care services to the residents and to educate them on common eye conditions that may affect their vision. The tests, conducted by volunteer optometrists and optometry students, included visual acuity measurement, eye pressure check, spectacles prescription check, and examination of the anterior and posterior segments of the eye. Residents who were found to have eye conditions that required specialist medical attention were referred to ophthalmologists directly or through government polyclinics.

It was a fruitful experience for the volunteers and student helpers as they had a chance to contribute their time and expertise for a good cause.