Free eye checks for 10,000 pupils in 80 schools

An SK Sahom pupil in Kampar getting his eyes checked during a free eye screening programme as K. Nachemutu (in batik shirt) looks on.

A NON-governmental organisation is conducting free eye screening for schoolchildren in Perak.

Persatuan Kebajikan Amal Makmur Negeri Perak eye screening project chairman K. Nachemutu said the organisation aimed to test 10,000 children by the end of November.

“The target is 10,000 children in 80 schools. We have so far conducted eye screening for 3,390 children in 21 schools.

“These include primary and secondary schools in the Kinta, Kampar, Manjung and Kuala Kangsar districts,” he said.

Nachemutu said young children often did not realise that they have problems with vision.

“Through this eye screening project, we can help parents and teachers identify the children who have eyesight problems and refer them to an optometrist or eye clinic for a complete examination,” he said, adding that the project is supported by the state Education and Health departments.

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