In Brunei Darussalam, most of those who suffer from vision problems are aged between 13 to 40 years old. According to an eye Specialist at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, among the causes are Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma and refractive error or blurry vision. Pengiran Doctor Noor Affizan binti Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman explained the matter in an interview with RTB at the World Braille Day 2019 celebration, yesterday morning.
The ceremony, held in order to raise the public’s awareness on the importance of Braille to the vision impaired, was officiated by Doktor Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health. The United Nations General Assembly declared every 4th of January as World Braille Day. At the celebration, the public had the opportunity to obtain information, advice and additional knowledge on eye problems and good eye care. The celebration was jointly organised by the Special Education Unit, Brunei Darussalam National Association for the Blind and ‘The Braille Company’. According to Pengiran Doktor Noor Affizan, there are 36 million blind people and over 2 hundred million of the vision impaired in the world. Causes of blindness or vision impairment are numerous and is according to age. Most of them are from congenital causes or from birth, and from an older age including glaucoma, which can cause permanent blindness. Another cause is diabetic retinopathy which is caused by diabetes. And this is a concern as a large number of the population suffers from diabetes. Apart from that it can also be caused by age-related macular degeneration. Anyone with vision impairment or feels that their vision is impaired are urged to go to eye clinics at health centres or if they have a sudden loss of vision, they can go to emergency and the staff will call an eye specialist to check on the condition.
Source: Radio Television Brunei