KPJ Centre for Sight (KPJ CFS) is giving a new lease of life to 20 people by helping them regain their sight.
Carried out in celebration of World Sight Day, KPJ CFS provided free cataract surgeries for 10 elderly patients and prescriptive spectacles to 10 children for free.
There was also free eye screening for 80 children at Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-Kanak Cacat Taman Megah. Those who were identified with short-sightedness were given prescriptive glasses.
A ceremony to mark the occasion was held at the KPJ Tawakkal Health Centre (THC). It was attended by Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz.
KPJ Healthcare president and managing director Datuk Amiruddin Abdul Satar said 80% of vision impairment or blindness could be prevented or cured with treatment.
“We want to educate and empower patients in the fight against vision impairment and avoidable blindness.
“Events such as this have become an essential agenda on KPJ’s annual calendar and target to continuously expand our reach for the benefit of the public,” he said.
Amiruddin added that more than 300 free cataract surgeries were carried out on elderly patients since 2006 as part of CFS’ community outreach programme.
KPJ CFS chairman and KPJ talent management vice-president (II) Datin Sabariah Fauziah Jamaluddin hoped to continue the CSR programme.
“As a healthcare provider in the country, KPJ is aware of the needs of the community and we continue to find ways to serve, from young children to senior citizens, on eye healthcare,” she said.
Also present at the event were KPJ Healthcare executive director Ahmad Nasiruddin Harun and KPJ CFS clinical director Dr Norazlina Bachik.