Free eye-disease screening tests at the mall

Detection of eye-disease can either prevent or delay blindness.

That’s why free eye-disease screening tests will be offered for a month to the public by the League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) in Grassy Park and Torga Optical in Liberty Promenade Mall, Mitchells Plain.

League spokeswoman Heidi Volkwijn said LOFOB had to cope with a steady increase in the
number of blind cases where vision loss could have been prevented or delayed with early detection.

Screenings would be conducted every Tuesday to Thursday between 9am and 5pm at Torga Optical, said Ms Volkwijn.

During the month-long campaign, Lofob would focus on detecting conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, which rank among the leading causes of blindness worldwide, she said.

Research indicated 75percent of blindness could be prevented.

She said those most at risk of acquiring cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy include people over 40, people with a family history of glaucoma and those with eye injury.

Contact Torga Optical at 0213764865/5419 or Lofob at 0217053753 to book an eye test appointment, or for futher informaton on the campaign.