ABOUT THE PROJECT
Providing accessibility to vision care to the marginalised has always been extremely important to Essilor Vision Foundation’s (EVF) work. EVF has committed, with several other partners, to provide vision care services for the beneficiaries of the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).
Persons with intellectual disabilities have considerably higher incidences of visual problems, and yet they remain unidentified due to multiple barriers, such as a lack of communication. Persons with intellectual disabilities who cannot read, also cannot cooperate, and therefore need support and glasses. For this reason, EVF assembled a specialised team who understands the needs of persons with intellectual disabilities.
A personalised screening was provided to each and every beneficiary. Ophthalmologists and optometrists also gave consultations to caregivers as well. Thanks to the programme’s successful pilot, EVF plans to extend the programme to many other MINDS centres.
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