The next phase of the medical check-up will be held in September at the Paya Lebar Kovan Community Club. The mobile eye bus will also be on site to serve residents.
Mr Zhang Gui Ming, a 70-year-old Fengshan resident, has found that his eyesight has gradually declined in recent years. However, he believes that this does not have much impact on his daily life. Therefore, he does not believe that he suffers from a slight cataract.
When interviewed, he said that he had previously had no eye examinations because of concerns that he would have to wait for a long time after returning to a comprehensive clinic. His foot pain also caused him some inconvenience in action.
Mr Zhang Gui Ming completed his eye examination on a mobile eye bus yesterday and confirmed that he had a slight cataract. He did not need surgery and was able to get glasses on the spot.
He said: "Now I can check my eyes near my home. It's very convenient. At first, I was worried that I would have to go to the eye centre for follow ups, thankfully the doctor on the bus shared with me immediately that I did not require surgery. This made me more relieved."
The People's Association (PA) launched the sixth phase of the "SPECtacular Experience" at the Fengshan People's Club yesterday. It helped to check the eyes of 200 low-income seniors for free. Mr Zhang Gui Ming is one of the beneficiaries.
The People's Association also worked with the Singapore National Eye Center (SNEC) to bring Mobile Eye Bus to the neighborhood for the first time. When seniors check their eyes at the citizens' clubs, if they have symptoms of cataracts, the ophthalmologist will refer them to a Mobile Eye Bus for further examination.
The bus is equipped with advanced equipment that can check the optic nerve and retina, so that ophthalmologists can immediately diagnose whether the elderly have cataracts and whether they need surgery.
If older people need to remove cataracts or other treatments, the doctor can also write a referral letter and schedule a return visit to the eye center.
Singapore National Eye Center Consultant, Dr Wong Chee Wai (37 years old) shared that general community eye checks will uncover cataracts amongst 50-60% of the residents, who will go the polyclinics to get referral letters, then make their way to specialist clinics or eye centres for checks.
He highlighted that many elderly people may find the process too troublesome and thus not go for their follow up. Therefore, the Mobile Eye Bus will help them to reduce one step from the process, as they are able to set a checkup date at the eye centre immediately.
The People's Association's headquarters will then arrange a date for the elderly to be referred back with the eye centre, and the grassroots leaders of the Fengshan Civil Club will be responsible for arranging the bus to accompany these elderly persons for a return visit.
Since the "SPECtacular Experience" medical examination plan was launched in 2015, more than 1,500 residents from five regions have benefited.
The next medical check-up plan will be held in September at the Paya Lebar Kovan Community Club. The mobile eye bus will also be on site to serve residents.
The mobile ophthalmology bus is equipped with advanced equipment that allows ophthalmologists to immediately confirm if the elderly have developed cataracts.
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