Lembah Pantai MP’s office and specialist centre team up to spread awareness of ocular healthd

Dr Vanitha (left) checking Fatimah’e eyes while Fahmi (standing left) and Dr Fong look on. — NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

OASISEYE Specialists (OES) in collaboration with Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil’s office held the “Gift of Sight” free eye examination programme for the B40 group.

Fahmi said the event held at OES’ clinic in Nexus Bangsar South was aimed at increasing awareness of ocular health as well as the need for annual eye screening.

“We aim to educate the people on the importance of good vision by providing eye examinations, especially to underprivileged B40 families.

“Vision is important as everything we do is guided by sight. However, with current technology, people of all ages including senior citizens are frequently using electronic devices for long periods. With extended use, it will cause a deterioration in the quality of our eyesight.

“For that reason, ‘Appreciate Your Eyesight’ was chosen as the slogan for this programme, ” said Fahmi who launched the event. Also present was UOA Group managing director CS Kong.

OES managing director Dr Kenneth Fong said they were honoured to be chosen to organise the programme.

“OES strives to provide affordable and evidence-based eye care to patients. It is unique, in that it is wholly owned and run by doctors, and hence, the main focus is solely the quality of care provided to our patients, ” said Dr Fong.

“I believe that better eye care and healthcare is a combination of having the right technology and the right education.

“While it is important for the medical profession and industry to provide patients with the latest medical technology and services, we also have to provide knowledge about eye care to the public.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to serve and contribute to the community through vision and eye health awareness.”

Dr Fong also announced that they had successfully carried out two cataract operations so far and said both patients were doing well.

One of the patients, Fatimah Yeop Mokhtar, 70, who was present with her grandson, said she was grateful for the operation.

Dr Vanitha Ratnalingam, who was the surgeon in charge of Fatimah’s operation, said she had cataracts.

“Although, it was present in both her eyes, the condition on her left eye was much worse.

“When that happens, it’s something you would want to operate on immediately before any complications happen.

“After the surgery, her cornea is now very clear and I can say we are both very happy that it went well, ” she added.

“I am so thankful to Dr Vanitha and all the staff who assisted throughout the process.

“They were all very kind and have done an amazing job. Because of them, I can now see clearly, ” Fatimah said.

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