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Light Angel Elderly Eye Care Project
Promote Aging in Place by Curing Eye Diseases of Senior Citizens
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Aging in place is the wish of most senior citizens. However, when they are getting older, their eyes deteriorate and eyesight becomes poor. They may lose self-care ability and need to enter elderly homes. To help the elders who are living alone or with elderly spouse to stay in the community, Midland IC&I Limited, the Rotary Club of Peninsula Sunrise and The Salvation Army organised the “Light Angel Elderly Eye Care Project” from June 2015 to February 2016. With the assistance of Dr Jeffrey Pong, Chairman of Hong Kong Federation of Societies for Prevention of Blindness, 60 elders in Yau Tsim Mong District attended free eye care seminars and eye check-ups, and six elders suffering from severe cataracts received free surgeries.
 
Today (29 April), the beneficiaries were invited to meet with Mr Daniel Wong, Executive Director of Midland IC&I Limited and Mr Alex Hung, President of the Rotary Club of Peninsula Sunrise to share their happiness of recovery.
 
Case Story
 
Uncle Tam and his wife look after each other in their late 80s. But after recovering from laryngeal cancer, Mrs Tam became weak and immobile. Uncle Tam takes care of all the household chores. In 2014, his eyesight deteriorated. In early 2015, both of his eyes were diagnosed with cataracts. He was upset by the long waiting time in public hospitals but could not afford a surgery in a private clinic. Living in an old building without lift, walking up and down stairs could be dangerous with poor eyesight. The Tams’ life in the community was greatly affected. 
 
Later, Uncle Tam joined the “Light Angel Elderly Eye Care Project” and had a surgery on his left eye. Following the doctor’s advice, Uncle Tam took good care of his eyes and restored a clear vision. “Apart from expressing my gratitude to the ‘Light Angel Elderly Eye Care Project’, I would like to take this opportunity to raise public awareness on cataract that affects elderly very much.”
 
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