Glasses Donation at SMK Pasir Putih

It’s been close to 6 months since I first joined Pott Glasses. I find that the company is very different from other optical shops, be it the culture, the directions or the things that we do here. I was very excited to finally be able to join the team to run the flagship One for One donation campaign, whereby for every pair of glasses sold, we will donate another pair to underprivileged people.

This time round, collaborating with Teach For Malaysia, we held the glasses donation campaign in SMK Pasir Putih. We wanted to help students with vision problem, pairticularly those who need vision correction. Since it’s my first time joining the donation drive, I had no clue on what to pack and how to arrange the logistic. I realised that it is never been easier to carry out a donation campaign as there are many things that we should consider, focus and manage about. The commitment from each of us is the most important element to make sure the entire program to be on track.

We headed down to Pasir Gudang at night and had proper rest at a budget hotel. The next day, we reached at 9:30am and started the work non stop all the way to 5pm. Everything was so new to me. I learned how to set up mobile eye test, how to arrange crowd, and how to manage the flow. One thing really struck me was how poor the students’ visions are and worse still, they couldn’t afford to buy themselves glasses. In between, we found that were around 50 students with eye power of the medium high range, that is roughly between -3.00 to -4.00. How bad is this power without glasses? It means anything more than 3 meters are pretty blur. I couldn’t help but feel empathy towards the students. Vision like this without glasses does not only affect their learning, it also posses big impact to their life as well. Imagine going through daily activities withou a clear vision. I am really glad that we did the campaign. It was exhausting but definitely worth it.

During the journey back to KL, I started to reflect a lot on myself. Sometimes we are really lucky to have comfortable life. I still remember when I first experienced blurry vision, I was brought to the spectacle shop to have my eyes checked and gotten my glasses. I have never thought that there are people out there who never get a chance to wear glasses even their visions are bad. I think we should be really more active in running the glasses donation campaigns to help as many people as possible.

 

 





Programs for World Vision Day 2017

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World Vision Day 2017 

Last Wednesday and Thursday were the two most hectic yet meaningful days for Pott Glasses this year. Since it was in conjunction with World Vision Day 2017 which was scheduled on this week, we had a lot of activities and work to be constructed.

On Wednesday, we went for a radio interview with AiFM to raise awareness about eye care in honor of World Vision Day 2017. Undeterred by which it meant to have to wake up early and getting stuck in the traffic, we viewed it as part and parcel of our job, a calling from our inner heart to share about eye care with the public. When we first received the invitation from the radio, we have this wavering thoughts whether we actually fit for such a huge honor. Nevertheless we perceived it as a challenge to voice out to the public on the fundamental issue regarding eye care which is usually neglected.

Many of us took our eyes for granted. We pay less attention to it but not as much as towards our health while the fact is both of them need equal amount of respect, care and focus. 8 consecutive hours on digital devices, bad reading habit of under low light condition and smoking are just few of the bad routines which are actually detrimental to the eyes. In the interview we deeply conversed on vision impairment such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and also vision disorder where extra care need to be attended in order to fully combat them. We also gave out advices on healthy food and lifestyle that should be practiced. It turned out the outcome of the interview went beyond than we expected. We received quite a number of phone calls after the interview, which literally meant that we had achieved our objective through the talk. The feeling is rather, very fulfilling.

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The next day is the actual day of World Vision Day. We held a collaboration with Pejabat Daerah Dan Tanah Seremban to provide eye check to the school students and underprivileged community in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan. Named as “Program Jom Bantu Rakyat – Cermin Mata Percuma 2017”, it led by Puan Marhizah. We were informed about the named program a week before.

We had done a similar program in the past but what really strikes me this time round is how poor is the eye sight of the elderlies and how they are badly unaware about their deteriorating eyesight. There was this lady in particular that endlessly caught my attention. When she staggered in with her current glasses on, I could barely exchange an eye contact with her. Since it was because she wore a high power lens that resulted in high refraction which consequently overlay the eyes, making her eyes to appear much smaller. It turned out that her power is more than -20.00 or two thousand in layman term when I performed auto-ref scan. Just to give a reference of how high the power is compared to the norm, normal short sightedness ranges from -1.00 to -8.00. Clearly -20.00 is way out of the chart.

To make things worse, her visual acuity was way too below the benchmark. Visual acuity is one perimeter that I emphasized a lot in performing eye test. Basically it is a benchmark of measuring clarity, 1.0 being the perfect eye sight and anything below will make the sight blurry. Her vision with current glasses is only 0.1, that is 10% of the perfect eye sight. My job is to make sure that her vision is sharper than before. After a long session of subjective refraction, I only managed to push it to 0.3. Looking at her, I reflected a lot; without program like this she might hardly get her eye examined, not to mention getting a new pair of glasses since it would be extremely expensive to match her power. She is one of the reason why we are actively trying to reach out for the underprivileged in the suburb community. I couldn’t thank enough the parties for such a meaningful initiative. This lady will definitely get a better vision because of the program.


The eye test program started at 9am and ended at 5pm. Together with my team and the help from Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Seremban and SMK Mantin, we were able to perform eye test for over 80 students. Out of that, 72 of them were confirmed needed glasses.

These two days really made me sat down and analyzed a lot about my job as an optician. The contentment to be able to help those with eyesight difficulties is like no other. We sometimes are too occupied with wanting to rapidly grow our business that we forget the true purpose of the business. I would like to thank all the parties for engaging us and allowing us to improve the living quality of others by improving their vision. And this has always been Pott Glasses’ mission.

Sincerely,
Eden Hong
Find out more about our ONE FOR ONE campaign here.


 

H4R Eye Clinic for Refugees

31st of January 2016, H4R (Healthcare for Refugees) started by MMK Malaysia (Migrant Ministry Klang) was able to initiate an eye clinic for refugees with sight problems in Pasar Borong Community Center at Selayang, Malaysia.

As sight is one of our God-given gifts to appreciate his excellence, every human being deserve a chance to basic healthcare like eye examinations to ensure a prosperous and blessed life. On this basis, H4R has partnered with the Lions Clubs International, a community building group since 1917 and Potts Glasses whom has kindly donated more than a 100 pairs of glasses for this project.

Unable to receive public or private medical help due to the lack of money and the non-existent healthcare provided to refugees, these people have problematic visions for a long time. Suffering from short and long sightedness to cataracts to daily headaches, about 85 refugees from Pakistan, Myanmar and the Rohingya community showed up to have their eyes checked and a new glasses made by our hardworking volunteers.

The eye clinic required that a refugee do a Snellen eye chart test to affirm that the patient has reading problems. If confirmed, the patient will go through a registration process that will enable them for further testing.

After registration, the refugees went through further testing by two eye examination machines, both provided and operated by the Lion Clubs International. One is the CT-80, a tonometer machine that accesses the pressure of the eyes which has been causing the patient to suffer from pain and headaches. If required a more accurate insight into the pressure of the eyes are done by a handheld tonometer. A second machine, the RM-8000B an auto refractor that tests for the power of a person’s visual acuity, was also available for patients that are hard of seeing.

After the intensive tests, the patients consulted two student volunteers optometrist whom will fitted them with the right degree of power for their new spectacles. Refugee patients that face more severe problems were referred to an eye clinic for further examinations under supervision of Lions Club International.

After at least half an hour of waiting, examinations and worries; the refugees were finally able to pick their new pair of spectacle frame that will be fitted by the student volunteers who are still undergoing their optometric studies. The refugees’ information, test results and chosen spectacle frame will then be brought back by the student volunteers to have their new pair of eye glasses prepared for collection on the 5th of March 2016.

In the three and the half hours, refugees and volunteers rubbed shoulders; one in the hopes of receiving the most necessary basic healthcare that will restore a little dignity back in their difficult situation, and the other to give up the little time they have in the hopes to bring back a little sense of joy for the suffering refugees.

source : http://www.mmkmalaysia.org/uncategorized/h4r-eye-clinic-for-refugees-january-31-2016/

Sk Manek Urai Baru

first glasses donation

 

9th November 2015.

It’s 2:30am in the morning. There was a slight drizzle, giving a little respite to the otherwise blanket of stubborn haze. After packing up, we began our journey to Kelantan for our 1for1 campaign slated to begin by 9am. We were slowed down by the haze in some areas. But the growing of dawn slowly illuminated our path. The rolling hills and trees dotting the landscape were starting to looking familiar and as the towering gantry “SELAMAT DATANG KE KUALA KRAI” came into view, we knew that we were near. We were welcomed by huge smiles from Pn Salamah’s. Wasting no time, we discussed the plan and procedures for the day. As we were setting up in the meeting room, “guru kesihatan” Pn Rozita arranged for the pupils to come for the eye check, class by class.

The pupils were so excited! Their infectious energies were reminiscent of our primary school days. We would get so terribly excited when we saw visitors coming to the school – the mysterious “abang-abang and kakak-kakak”. Now, we were the ones who were coming to visit and help. One by one, they began their eye check. First, they were required to sit at a distance from the eye test chart, to see if they could see the alphabets clearly. Those who could left, while those who could not would proceed to do a second eye check, using the auto-ref. After which, Hoong would perform a thorough eye check with the aid of the trial lens set. By the end of the day, we managed to conduct eye checks for around 100 pupils. The next day, we arrived earlier and managed to cover another 155 students. Out of all of them, 50 required glasses. As we had more glasses to give away, we also did eye checks for the staff, amounting to a 57 pairs in total. 2 weeks later, we returned with their personalised glasses. The looks on their faces were priceless. As they gingerly wore their new glasses, you could sense a mixture of emotions; gratitude and happiness worn on their expressions. Those cute shy smiles warmed our hearts. Looking through their prescriptions, some of them were at -2.00 for both eyes. Without a pair of glasses, they must have been struggling to see during classes. The feeling that we made a difference through our work is truly awesome. Pn Salamah even cried when we were interviewing her about the flood experience. We sat down to have lunch with the teachers before heading off.

It has been an extremely fulfilling campaign and knowing that we are able to help our local community makes us feel really happy. Of course, this campaign would not have been a success without the support from our customers. We hope to continue our efforts to give back to society. If you know of anyone or any charity events that we can offer our services to, please contact us.
Let’s make the world a better place together 😀

Do check out https://www.pottglasses.com/the-additional-pair/ on the introduction of the campaign and here for the video.

SMK Redang Panjang

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SMK Redang Panjang is one of those schools that bring you deep into rural areas, only to surprise you with the openness and friendliness of the community within it. Teachers in this school would all tell you the same thing –students come from underprivileged backgrounds with a slower start in life, which contributes further to them falling behind academically. When students resort to copying notes, homework and exam answers, we attributed this behaviour to laziness and refusal to learn.

My biggest discovery happened when I realized this assumption was very wrong –some students would move their chairs to the front of the class, and some would stay at the back to copy. It was because they could not see! At this point, I realized that vision correction has become so normal to city dwellers that we hardly think about it anymore; much less assume it to affect students’ education. For families relying on RM500-700 a month, this is a big issue. For families who do not own cars and only spend on basic necessities, even travelling beyond the village to get their eyes tested is a challenge. SMK Redang Panjang is at least 45 minutes drive away from the nearest city (Kamunting) and 20 minutes drive away from the sole optician in the nearest town (Selama).

Enter Pott Glasses and their One for One Campaign. One thing that stood out among the owners Hau and Eden was the amount of work they put into helping those in need. It is rare to meet people who are willing to commit their time and effort to a good cause. Pott Glasses not only donates free glasses to these students, they also go to the extent of coming into the school and running comprehensive eye examinations themselves.

This particular collaboration between Pott Glasses and SMKRP has highlighted the need for 101% cooperation from all sides to benefit our children. As a former teacher and Teach for Malaysia alumnus, my role was mainly to connect the two parties and lay down the groundwork needed to kickstart the project. Prior to Hau and Eden’s arrival on 28th April 2016, Cikgu Nurul Iman has pre-screened hundreds of students and shortlisted 53 of them to be eligible. Additionally, Cikgu Ghaffar and Ustaz Bakhtier took the time to ensure that the classroom is clean and comfortable, besides also stationing three Form 5 students at the room to help out the entire day.

The entire process for 53 students lasted from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Throughout the day, the Pott Glasses duo hardly stopped to take a breath, and yet they were available to lend their expertise and experience if there were any questions. The students were provided with nothing less than professional attention, so much so that they were even given the choice of what frames they would like. It was a privilege they would never have gotten elsewhere, and they certainly loved the process of trying on new glasses for themselves.

The contributions by Pott Glasses, a local homegrown brand, to the Malaysian communities are highly valued. It goes without saying that I am extremely grateful to have met them and to have acquired their commitment to this campaign. Besides a renewed hope that this would lead to better changes in the country, I think this should give rise to increased support for local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Pott Glasses –thank you for doing what you do.

– Alyson.





One For You, One For Them

one for one

When Pott Glasses first started out, we aimed to be more than just an eyewear brand. A brand that could reach out to people in many way. One and a half years later, we have done up to four donations drives and it feels finger lickin’ good.

This time we collaborated with DUN Ampanagan, Seremban to do a ‘Buy While Donating’ campaign. Thanks to Yang Berhormat who supported us and at the same time wanted to help the community. We had the opportunity to perform eye test for 60 people out of which 56 needed glasses. Driving up to Seremban at 7am to set up at the DUN office was all worthy after seeing the warm smiles the kids gave us at the end of the day. Not to forget, a big thanks to Cik Marhizah and her team who facilitated and were so patient with us throughout the event.

Since a new year is upon us, we hope to spread the love as much as we can.

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