Primary eye care is my passion and over the past 27 years, I have been working in conjunction with a number of optometrists to set up a comprehensive primary eye care system within the private clinical environment in Australia. I have been able to successfully introduce the system particularly to our Asian base of customers, including those of Chinese, Korean, Indian and several other backgrounds. This is an achievement of which I am really proud.
Through my experience of doing business in China, I have sadly learned the extent of which eye health and eye diseases are still major issues in the country and so for a long time now, it has been a great dream of mine to be able to introduce and establish this primary eye care system in China. Through the establishment of the Eye Care Foundation, there is the opportunity to promote this system in China, to help improve the standards of eye health.
Currently, the Eye Care Foundation has set up an office in Nanjing and a mobile eye-testing vehicle housed with professional optical services which can be easily accessible by the public in China. From late 2016 to 2017, we intend to launch a campaign, ‘Children’s Vision in China’ which focuses on children’s eye health through the provision of free eye scanning tests for an estimated 40,000 students in Nanjing and the donation of more than 10,000 spectacles to underprivileged students within the Nanjing local community.
This mission of the Eye Care Foundation, to establish primary eye care facilities and volunteer personnel in countries that currently lack comprehensive optometry services will be an ongoing and lifelong project for myself and the committee. However, I believe that with strong desire and determination of growing this purpose, the Eye Care Foundation can be an extraordinary platform through which everyone can have better access to comprehensive eye health.