Focus Point Holdings Berhad (Focus Point) is once again spearheading Malaysia’s efforts for World Sight Day – an international day of awareness to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.
In line with this year’s theme, Eye Care Everywhere, Focus Point is undertaking a variety of activities designed to engage with thousands of Malaysians from all walks of life to provide them with deeper insights and greater clarity on eye and vision care.
Speaking at the launch event, Dato’ Liaw Choon Liang, President & CEO of Focus Point said, “Visual impairment is a growing concern globally with over 1 billion people suffering from near-vision impairment. It is equally prevalent here in Malaysia, where reports indicate that one in every ten children has been diagnosed with some form of visual impairment. But there is a glimmer of hope as over 75% of all blindness and visual impairment is avoidable with early detection and proper care.”
“It is this vision of a brighter, clearer future for all Malaysians that continues to drive Focus Point’s efforts in engaging with our surrounding communities to improve understanding of our eyes, increase awareness on the importance of proper eye care, diagnose and address vision impairments,” he added.
In conjunction with its World Sight Day Campaign, Focus Point is partnering with the Global Peace Foundation Malaysia to raise funds that will go towards supporting the Orang Asli communities in Chini, Pahang, with water filters that will ensure over 300 people in the community have better access to clean water. In tandem with this, Focus Point will also be organising free eyesight screenings for the Orang Asli community and donating eyeglasses that will benefit over 500 people in Ulu Geroh, Gopeng.
During the launch, Focus Point announced a strategic collaboration with Good Morning Global Sdn Bhd (GoodMorning) to Create A Brighter Vision for all by focusing on creating eye health awareness. Through the collaboration, Focus Point will leverage on its more than 230 eye care professionals to provide vision care tips and advice. Meanwhile, GoodMorning will be promoting better eye health through its VGrains 18 Grains product, which is rich in anthocyanin, and lutein that is beneficial towards eyesight protection.
Commenting on these collaborations, Dato’ Liaw said, “We firmly believe that Together We Make A Difference and this is why we are proud to be collaborating with Global Peace Foundation Malaysia and GoodMorning to give back to society. This year, World Sight Day is all about Eye Care Everywhere and as such it is the perfect occasion to make these announcements because these initiatives are set to benefit all Malaysians.”
World Sight Day is a global awareness initiative coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and the effort for universal eye health is in line with the World Health Organisation’s Action Plan 2014-2019.
Since 2007, through its Caring Hearts Charity Foundation, Focus Point has invested millions and successfully reached out to thousands of Malaysians through a variety of community outreach programme including diagnostic eye screenings, spectacle donations, awareness campaigns and workshops, blood drives, charity home visitations, and disaster relief fund donations.