The School of Optometry (SO) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has received a generous donation from The Tan & Fong Charitable Foundation for replacement of ophthalmic examination equipment used in the PolyU Integrative Community Health Centre (ICHC) in Lai King.
The ICHC, operating under the School of Optometry (SO), is the first PolyU off-campus health centre and teaching clinic. Rooted in the community for years, it provides much convenience for citizens in the Kwai Tsing District. ICHC receives an average of 250 patients per month, that is around 3,000 people per annum, with the elderly and grassroots being the majority, the use of advanced equipment in the centre benefits many people.
Donation from the benefactor will be used to replace the depreciated facilities in ICHC. There will be a new optical coherence tomographer (OCT) with a fundus camera and a new ocular biometer, an eye examination cubicle will also be renovated. The new OCT can ensure accurate diagnosis and timely management of ocular diseases. This is especially beneficial to the elderly in Lai King, giving them convenient access to these new facilities in their neighbourhood.
Student optometrists can also take this opportunity to practise using various ophthalmic examination instruments on patients, to assess their visual acuity and eye health condition, and to conduct scientific research.
We sincerely thank The Tan & Fong Charitable Foundation for their generous support. In addition to eye care services for patients, their donation has enabled SO to provide a conducive environment for optometric clinical training and research, nurturing optometry talents, making an impact on society.