TWENTY recipients will be picked to receive free cataract removal surgeries in conjunction with World Sight Day celebration on Saturday.
The celebration will be held at the Farlim Night Market Field in Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, Penang, from 8am to noon. The cataract treatment recipients will be chosen during the event.
Recipients for the treatment will be selected after a screening, based on their financial status and the number of dependents, by the St Nicholas Home and event sponsor L’Occitane Foundation Malaysia.
During the event, visitors can also get free eye checks at the booths set up by optometrists and eye specialists such as Seah Optometry, Optimax, Penang Hospital’s Eye Unit and the International Specialist Eye Centre.
Besides free eye checks, games and other activities will also be held for children to learn about blindness prevention.
“We hope that we can help lower the cases of vision deterioration and create awareness on the importance of our eyesight during this World Sight Day,” St Nicholas Home director Daniel Soon told a press conference at the home recently.
“We want the public to take advantage of this opportunity to check their eyes and to receive expert advice on eye care.
“It is important for the public to learn about eye care, early detection of eye diseases and possible preventive steps,” he added.
Paya Terubong assemblyman Yeoh Soon Hin, who was also present, urged the public to join the event and bring their children along.
“It is important to teach our kids to take care of their eyesight because I see many children using tablets and smartphones for long hours nowadays,” he said.
Other than World Sight Day, White Cane Day will be celebrated at 8am on the same day with a 2.5km walk from All Seasons Place to the Farlim Night Market Field.
Participants who join the walk can choose to either lead the visually impaired or be led to experience a journey without sight during the two-hour event.
“We hope the event will help the public be more aware of the difficulties the visually impaired society faces,” said World Sight Day event coordinator Jayah Doraisamy.
Both events are organised by the St Nicholas Home.