Your vision is precious. There’s nothing you can do without a sound vision. We use them to navigate the world around us, express our emotions and connect with other people. We can take our eyes for granted but we rely on them so much in everyday life. Sound vision will ensure balance human growth and well-being despite having merely healthy body. There are many things we can do to keep them healthy and make sure we are seeing our best as we age into golden years.

Dr. Kenneth Fong Choong Sian, a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon and also the Secretary of Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO), said, there are three major eye problems reported in recent years.

These common eye diseases reported such glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration. These three eye problems usually occur among children, young adults as well as ageing generation.

Children to be given free check-ups and spectacles

He further added on the behalf of MSO, grabbing the responsibility to educate and create awareness has no second thought. In conjunction with, the World Sight Day 2015 (September), MSO organized a campaign to reach out and promote social awareness among children of refugees and foreign workers to screen their eyes and provide them with spectacles for free. Prior to the splendid achievement of developing an idea of mobile clinic in 2014, the association this year aims bigger for a more effective campaign to help children. Moreover, their aims are to create awareness and organize programmes to help vision-impaired patients especially children to develop healthy daily routine of taking care of their eyes cannot be belittled. MSO with the donation from Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) recently has bought a Diabetic Retinopathy scanner machine to take pictures of the back of patients’ eyes to diagnose symptoms of diabetic retinopathy. This eye examination will be given free to the public. MSO furthermore recommends that diabetes patients have retinal examination every year. It is painless, takes less than 10 minutes to complete and administered by the physicians. Dr. Fong stated that, early detection of DR still can be cured, with laser treatment. Thus, it is crucial to detect DR symptoms at the very beginning stage.

Diabetic Retinopathy

People who suffer prolonged diabetes may develop eye disorders such as Diabetic Retinopathy or DR. DR is an eye problem that usually happen to diabetic patients. The longer the patient suffers diabetes, the higher the risk of the developing DR. It refers to damage of blood vessels in the retina. DR can cause severe condition for eyes which is called as Diabetic Macular Edema or DME. It is an advanced type of DR where fluid leakage from damaged blood vessels into the macula. Macula is a part of the retina that provides sharp central vision. When this happens, it may cause the macula to swell. Swollen macula is called as Macular Edema that results in blurry and washed-out vision which can possibly lead to blindness if left untreated.

According to Dr. Fong, approximately 20% of Malaysians suffer diabetes and it is rather worrying situation that 10% of them will encounter bigger risk of going blind. Therefore, it is close to 80,000 people who suffer from diabetic retinopathy or DR.

He added that, diabetic retinopathy will perilously result to blindness among diabetic patients if left untreated. It is due to the situation where changes happen in the blood vessels of the retina. It will damage the retina, the section of patient’s eye responsible for capturing visual information.

In fact, it is worrying that approximately 2% of children in Malaysia suffer diabetic retinopathy. It is not a normal situation where it happens too early among children. He said, ͞Most of them are very young and they will face the possibility of having loss of sight which result to unable to work and earn incomes. It is literally will jeopardise their financial and living expenses.͟ Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy include blurred vision; sudden loss of sight in one eye; seeing rings around lights and dark spots or flashing lights.

Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy

In most mild cases of Diabetic Retinopathy, intense treatment is usually unnecessarily to be conducted. Strict control over blood sugar and blood pressure are sufficient to greatly reduce or get rid of the chances for developing DR. However, in more severe cases of DR, intense treatments are recommended to impede the damage caused by DR as well as to prevent loss of the vision. Laser surgery could be one of the treatment options. It could be really helpful in treating DR. it will seal the leaking retina vessels on the damaged retina. In fact, it is believed to greatly reduce the risks of developing greater visual impairment.

Children Given Free Check-Ups & Spectacles
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