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Are You Safe From Eye Injuries?

Dr S S Gill, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Hospital Fatimah Ipoh

Dr S S Gill, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Eye Health

Ipoh Echo’s Eye Health series continues with Consultant Eye Surgeon Dr. S.S. Gill talking to us about Preventing Eye Injuries.

Whether you realise it or not, we are all exposed to the dangers of eye injury. It is interesting to note that it always seems that there is a feeling of being safe in one’s own home but yet almost 20 to 30 percent of all eye injuries occur in and around the home. Not surprisingly of course is the fact that the other major cause of preventable ocular injuries that occur in Malaysia are either work-related trauma or motor vehicle accidents.

Madam A was looking after her two-year-old child when the child ran towards her. The child’s eye was accidentally injured by the long finger nail of Madam A. The child had to undergo one week of eye treatment following that. 

Dr S.S. Gill - ipoh ophthalmologist - hospital fatimah ipohA 30-year-old man was hammering a nail into the wall when a chip of the nail broke off and entered the eye. It took three major eye operations to restore his vision.

Mr T who was doing gardening had bent down to pick up a weed when a thorn of a bush pierced his eye. He had to endure months of treatment following that.

A 5-year-old girl poked her eye with a pair of scissors and suffered bleeding in the eye that required emergency treatment and months of follow-up eye care. She underwent two eye surgeries following that in order to restore her eyesight.

Ms L was washing her new car when the upturned wiper blade poked her eye. She had to undergo eye surgery along with a plastic repair of her eyelid.

All the above are actual scenarios of patients who had suffered trauma to the eye.

Any injury to the eye especially if severe, runs the risk of permanent visual loss or blindness and more so if left untreated or treated improperly. Fortunately, 90 per cent of all eye injuries can be prevented. Prevention is a matter of learning the common causes of injury and how to protect your eyes – whether at home, at work or at play.

When having children at home:

Watch out for the seemingly innocent things around the home that can injure you or your child’s eyes. Here are some pointers: 

Don’t give babies and small children any toys with sharp edges. Some toys that can hurt the eyes include missile-type toys, toys with hard edges or detachable parts, slingshots, BB guns and other projectile toy guns.

Be sure toys are safe and appropriate for a child’s age and ability.

Don’t ever let kids play with fireworks without supervision.

Many eye injuries to children occur during rough play, such as wrestling or throwing things at each other. Always discourage this.

Avoid keeping long finger nails when you are caring for your children.

Pad sharp edges of tables with cushion pads. These sharp edges are potential sources of eye injury should a running child strike them.

Should you or your child suffer from an eye injury, be sure to seek medical attention early in order to prevent any permanent visual loss. Take all precautions seriously – don’t become a statistic of eye injury.

For more information, contact Gill Eye Specialist Centre at  05-5455582, email: gilleyecentre@dr.com or visit www.fatimah.com.my.

Hospital Fatimah School of Nursing


The Hospital Fatimah School of Nursing (HFSON) held its graduation ceremony in June 2010 at Hotel Impiana, Ipoh. The climax of the ceremony was the oath taken by 41 young ladies. The oath emphasized the disposition these graduates need, to carry out their duties with total dedication as a nurse. The class of 2009 comprised 21 students who received a Diploma in Nursing and 20 who received a Certificate of Assistant Nurse. The class achieved 100% passes with one student, Lim Soo Mui, scoring highest among all student nurses in the 109 nursing schools in Malaysia. Parents, tutors, friends, and members of the Board of Directors of HFSON, management and staff of Hospital Fatimah witnessed this auspicious event. Ms Mary Narayanasamy, the Principal Tutor of HFSON, when asked about her hopes for the graduates in their future undertaking said, “I hope that they will continue to study their post basic courses to become specialised nurses”. Dato’ Simon Chan, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of HFSON, said, “Nursing is, in many ways, a vocation. It’s tough treating people who are sick. I have great admiration for the nurses, and my wishes for them are to be brave, keep an open mind and treat all their patients as equals.” Hospital Fatimah School of Nursing was established in 1994 (formerly known as City Nursing School) and initially began with the conversion of ‘Nursing Aides’ to State Enrolled Nurses (SEN). Ten years later, the Malaysian Nursing Board approved a new conversion training programme from SEN to State Registered Nurses. In 2007, the School received recognition as an Institution of Higher Education when it was successfully registered by the Ministry of Higher Education. Today, the School offers two courses, (i) Diploma in Nursing; a conversion programme from Assistant Nurse to Staff Nurse (A 7309) and (ii) Certificate of Assistant Nurse (A 7308) – previously called SEN,  Both these courses were approved by the Malaysian Nursing Board and the Malaysian Qualification Agency. The School, which started at the basement of Hospital Fatimah, is now located at No. 12, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, in a building which used to house the Congregation of the Brothers of Mercy until 2002. The curricula of the School include core subjects such as Behavioural Sciences, Basic Sciences and Nursing Sciences and compulsory non-nursing subjects such as Pendidikan Moral, Pengajian Malaysia and Pengajian Agama, all taught by full-time and part-time Nursing Tutors. Some Visiting and Resident Consultants of Hospital Fatimah teach specialised subjects in the School voluntarily on their own time. Students of the school also undergo clinical experience in the wards of Hospital Fatimah, Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh and Hospital Bahagia Tanjung Rambutan. Students of Hospital Fatimah School of Nursing also learn about “Pastoral Care”, (where counselling or comfort is offered to those in need of help with emotional problems or stressful situations) and “Palliative Care” (which aims to alleviate pain and discomfort to improve the quality of life for patients with terminal illnesses). Expansion plans for a new building of the School are in progress. The groundbreaking ceremony of the new building recently took place in February 2010 and the building is expected to be constructed soon. This double-storey building will accommodate six new classrooms, staff offices, a resource centre and an auditorium.

For more information contact:
Hospital Fatimah School Of Nursing [A4P2470(PKP614)]
No 12, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah,
31400 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: 05-254 2084 Fax: 05-253 2084
Email: hfson888@streamyx.com or hfson888@tm.net.my

1Fatimah Family Day


There were screams and laughter as adults and children participated in various games and competitions organised under a 1Fatimah Family Day of the Fatimah Hospital in Ipoh recently.

It was an enjoyable Sunday for the staff, heads of department and partners of the hospital and their family members. Some of the attractions included colouring and drawing contests for children, horse and pony rides, tattoo and face painting, giant slide and telematch. A clown was also present to cheer up the children with balloon sculpting.

Entertainment included dance performances such as the Poco-poco and Para-para Sakura. There were also lucky draws and presentation of various awards. As for food and beverage, a hawker fare style was set up. There were popiah, tau foo fah, sate, mee rebus, grilled lamb, apom, chicken burgers, Ipoh White Coffee, iced cendol, and ice-cream.