By Chong Wee Hou, IECRC

Low vision is the state in which a person’s visual function cannot be improved to a functional level by conventional prescription glasses, contact lenses or surgical methods. As a result, it restricts a person’s ability to carry out his daily activities and can adversely affects his quality of life.

A team of four low vision professionals kicked off the first Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programme of 2018 at International Eye Cataract Retina Centre on 17 January 2018. The guest speakers, from Singapore National Eye Centre, were ophthalmologist Dr Anna Tan Cheng Sim, optometrist Ms Lynn Tan Li Ying, occupational therapist Ms Tan Yanwen and social worker Ms Priscilla Lim Shiow Huey. The team covered assessment of low vision patients and the roles of different professionals in their multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation of low vision patients.

The CPE was well-received by the participants who were staff of International Eye Cataract Retina Centre as well as other practising optometrists and opticians.

Dr Anna Tan, the team leader, concluded the session by encouraging eye care professionals to help low vision patients by referring them for rehabilitation whenever necessary.