The public in Sibu who have eye problems such as cataract are advised to seek help as quickly as possible from the Sarawak Society for the Blind.
The society’s Sibu chapter chairman, councillor Clarence Ting, said if one delayed seeking help for their eyes, they might end up losing their vision.
He said this at a “Thank You” dinner held in conjunction with the society’s open day.
“If you know of people with eye problems, bring them to the blind centre as blindness is not just affecting people in rural areas, ” he added.
Ting said the blind centre had a free eye screening programme for the public, including providing special lenses to help those with vision problems.
“The eye clinic of Sibu Hospital has asked us for our help to provide special lenses as they do not have the budget, ” he said.
He added that it had held one eye clinic so far this year, from a total of three planned.
At the first clinic, he said a total of 130 people were found to have high blood sugar which was beginning to affect their vision.
“These people, if they do not look after the eyes, they will go blind.
“Our job now is to tell them to take care of their eyesight or else they will need the blind society to help them later, ” he added.
From the first screening this year, they discovered many young people had vision problems because of their affluent lifestyle.
On the annual open house where a total of RM167,000 were raised from food sale, he said the money collected mainly goes to support visually impaired persons in the central region.
“There are not many blind people staying at our centre now. Our last count was five.
“Most are staying outside and come to our centre once in a while to learn a skill, ” he added.
Ting said in the central region, the centre provided food parcels to 400 visually impaired people.
“They will get provision from sundry shops and later claim the money from us.
“This is our major expense. We will continue to help the blind and serve them whenever they are in need of assistance, ” he said.
Community leader Temenggong Vincent Lau said the society received a small annual grant from the government.
“The remaining funds come from public donations and fund-raising projects in the form of annual open house and sale of stickers, ” he added.
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