Health Ministry: 80 percent of eye diseases are preventable, treatable

JOHOR BARU: At least 80 percent of all blindness or limited vision cases can be prevented or treated.

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that based on a National Eye Survey in 2014, there are at least 1.2 percent or 63,000 Malaysians who had been diagnosed as blind in the country.

"There are also some 350,000 people or 5.4 percent with limited vision," he said.

According to Dr Dzulkefly, 58 percent of those going blind was due to cataract while 10 percent due to diabetes and 7 percent because of glaucoma.

"Those with limited vision also face the same issues," he said.

Dr Dzulkefly said that with an ageing population and increase in diabetic cases, the ministry expects increase in eye diseases such as cataract and glaucoma.

He said this at the launch of the national level World Sight Day here on Thursday (Oct 11).

His speech was read out by the ministry's secretary-general Datuk Seri Chen Chaw Min.

Johor Permaisuri Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah later presented spectacles to children and old folks from selected welfare homes in the state.