Today is #WorldSightDay👁️
More than 2⃣ billion people have a vision impairment or blindness and at least 1⃣ billion of those could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) October 8, 2020
Today 08.10.2020 is the World Sight Day reminds us how important is our eyes to us for a healthy and normal vision. According to the study from World Health Organization, the leading causes of reduced eyesight are:
- Refractive errors
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Corneal opacity, and
Nevertheless, with the large number ie more than 2 billion of people who have the vision impairment globally many still cannot access to the treatment facility despite half of the numbers can be prevented or treated. Such scenarios can be due to the lack of facility and technology in the some of the countries or more realistically is the way how we treat our eyes these days by looking at the high infrared screen on our computer and mobile devices which can cause a serious vison impairment among the adults including the children as the age of patients with eye problems have lower these days.
We have many eye specialists and ophthalmologists that been well trained in Malaysia and has become one of the most popular eye lasik hub in our South East Asia region. Many overseas patients fly over to Malaysia solely for the eye treatment such as cataract and vision correction through laser surgery. Latest laser eye procedure such as ReLEx SMILE is common and well accepted by patients with short-sighted and astigmatism as it is non-invasive and shorter recovery time compared with traditional laser eye surgery.
Our partner hospital Sunway Medical Centre‘s Eye Clinic has just won the Year 2020’s Award as one of the best performing eye clinic recognized for its best quality and patient’s care service. The normal treatment for eye laser surgery is about 1-2 hours with a pre-examination and assessment given by the refractive surgeon or ophthalmologist before undergoing the procedure. Recovery time has been reduced significantly these days with the latest technology such as ReLEx SMILE where patients can be back to normal activities almost in 2-3 days compared with previously where 2-3 weeks time of recovery.