The issue of extreme poverty in Hong Kong is escalating and people on low incomes and the homeless face barriers in accessing crucial medical and eye care services. The Fred Hollows Foundation Hong Kong and ImpactHK organized an eye screening event to address the eye health problems faced by the homeless and socially-disadvantaged in Hong Kong. At the event, people accessed free eye health information sessions, eye screening and were given prescription glasses. The event was sponsored by the Goodman Charitable Foundation and was facilitated by Dr Godfrey Lam, an ophthalmologist and eye consultant for The Fred Hollows Foundation Hong Kong.
Dr Godfrey Lam, Ophthalmologist and Advisory Committee Member of The Fred Hollows Foundation Hong Kong (left), Ms Laura Lee, Chief Representative of The Fred Hollows Foundation Hong Kong & ASEAN, Mr Deep Ng, ImpactHK Registered Social Worker & Senior Project Manager (right)
15% of participants need to be referred to an ophthalmologist, and half of them have refractive error
At the eye screening, half of the participants needed glasses due to myopia or presbyopia, and many of them underwent eye examinations for the first time in their lives. The examinations revealed that 15% had potential eye diseases and needed to be referred to public hospitals for further examination.