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Vision Screening

Learning through Providing Eye Care and Vision Health to the Community

(Subject Code: SO2S01)


Subject Introduction

In January 2014, the School of Optometry, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University introduced a new subject “Learning through Providing Eye Care and Vision Health to the Community” that is open to all PolyU students, with an annual intake quota of 360 students. The launch of this General University Requirements (GUR) service-learning subject aims to raise students’ awareness of health care issues and nurture their sense of social responsibility. Through the provision of community vision screenings and eye care activities, we facilitate students from different disciplines to apply what they have learned in the classroom and to work towards a common goal of blindness prevention in the community.

This subject is related to "Vision Hong Kong", an intraprofessional charity project of the School of Optometry developed in collaboration with the optometry profession and the optical industry to respond to vision care needs in our community.

Nature of Service Activities

Eye diseases and visual disorders span all age groups and contribute to major public health problems in our community. According to the World Health Organization estimates the number of blind people worldwide will double by 2020. The aim of this service learning subject is to engage Polytechnic University students across all disciplines to involve in direct activities to benefit identified under-privileged communities, with the hope that we can help in the prevention of global blindness. Through this introductory-level course, students will gain increased awareness of this major public health issue, learn to appreciate specific strategies in its prevention and control, and to provide active outreach services to help minimize this growing strain on our economic and health care systems.

In this subject, we aim to integrate community services with students’ learning opportunities. Students of other discipline will be given an opportunity to work in groups with optometry students and to organize and implement a vision screening project by themselves under the supervision of optometrists. By means of this subject, they can act as community service providers, as well as (care), work and communicate with various disciplines to bring together knowledge they have acquired during their university studies, and then share and apply their special interests with others. The project not only benefits service users, but also provides a very structured environment for students to gain experience working with a number of people in different levels of the community and to better understand societal needs, especially in this major public health concern of blindness prevention. This is in-line with PolyU’s motto “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind”.

Service Beneficiaries

Over the years, SO and its Optometry students have collaborated with various non-governmental organizations and charitable bodies, and there is a continual stream of requests for our community services from past partnerships, including schools and nursing homes. Our target beneficiaries are people who have difficulty accessing vision and eye health care services, including but not limited to the elderly, schoolchildren (especially kindergarten and primary school students), new immigrants, low-income families, refugees, members of ethnic minorities, as well as those with physical or mental disabilities in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other overseas countries.

Partners (In alphabetical order)

Hong Kong:

Bo Charity Foundation

Caritas Hong Kong

China Care Fund

Christian Action

CNEC

Esquel Y.L. Yang Education Foundation

Evangelize China Fellowship

Hong Kong Civic Association

Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth

Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui

Hong Kong St. John Ambulance

Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association

Ka Ling School Of The Precious Blood

Methodist Epworth Village Community Centre

Po Leung Kuk

Rotary Club of HK Island West Hong Chi Morninghope School

Shamshuipo Kaifong Welfare Association Primary School

Sik Sik Yuen

Special Olympics Hong Kong

St. James' Settlement

The Hong Kong Jockey Club

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Hong Kong Society for the Aged

The Spastics Association of Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui District Kaifong Welfare Association

Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

Urban Renewal Authority

Wai Ji Christian Service

Yan Chai Hospital

Mainland China & Overseas:

An Giang University (Vietnam)

Hoa Sen University (Vietnam)

Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China (Mainland China)

Sichuan University - The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (Mainland China)

Vision Screening Request

If you are interested in our community vision screening services, please download a vision screening request form and return the completed form to Mr. Savio Lee at visionhk@polyu.edu.hk.

Vision Screening Photo and Video Gallery