The Ophthalmology Department,  Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kuching, Sarawak.

The Ophthalmology Department, Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia.





Sarawak Blind School Screening

(29 October, 2007)

by Dr. Ngo Chek Tung


The Sarawak School for Blind (SK Pendidik Khas) is located at Jalnn Batu Lintang, Kuching. It is a boarding school for blind students from all over Sarawak. Currently there are 39 students aged 5-15 in the school. During the screening, the most common causes of blindness are congenital microphthalmos, retinopathy of prematurity and congenital cataract. The screening was headed by associate professor Visvaraja and colleagues from Universiti Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur as part of the national wide screening programme to document the causes of childhood causes in Malaysia. We are also grateful to Mr. Nazirin, Head of the Optometry department in Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching for performing the refraction.


 Photographs from the screening:

    Front view of the school.

   Mr. Nazirin, Dr. Nadir, AP.Visvaraja, Mdm Faridah

   ( Principal of school) Dr. Dinesh, Dr. Ngo (From Left)

    Meeting with Mdm Faridah before the screening.

   A view of the school compound.

     Prof. VIsva examining a student.

  Dr. Dinesh examining another student.

   Mr. Nazirin refracting a student..

  Unfortunately, most of the student vision could not

  be improved with glasses..

    One patient with right sunken socket from  enucleation

    and left keratinization of the cornea secondary to

    radiation for retinoblastoma.

Word of wisdom at the front door  “We need to sacrifice

  many small thing to achieve a BIG thing”.


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