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).

Singapore

Duration: Since 2019
People Screened: More than 100
Eyeglasses Given: More than 50

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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MEET OUR BENEFICIARIES & VOLUNTEERS

Weng San

Driver, 58

“I’m just so happy to see my family members smile today with their new pair of glasses!”

Moe Hwet

Field Worker, 65

“With these new pair of glasses, now I can see how beautiful the world truly is!”

Bao
Tram

Student from Phu My Secondary School, 15

“When I got blurred vision, I always wished I had a pair of eyeglasses – they are like a friend of mine which I use everyday.”

Bao Tram

Wee Sing
Ong

Volunteer from Essilor R&D, 
Center for Innovation & Technology Asia

“This showed me the need for such outreach projects as people often don’t have access to the services we offered them.”

Wee Sing Ong

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Trey Eng

Retired Dressmaker, 72

“Can you see my pretty eyes now? With this pair of glasses, I’m able to see all my lovely grandchildren!”