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YANG Yit Kian. B.Sc.
Y.K. graduated as an ophthalmic optician (optometrist) from the
University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)
in 1985. Worked with Dolland and Aitchson in the UK for his
pre-registration year and returned to Malaysia in 1986.
Started work as an independent optometrist in the family business and
was involved in and organized many eye screening projects in the rural
areas of Sarawak and took particular interest to diabetic retinopathy
following a screening project in the 1980’s. Since then, Y.K. has been
working with his main interest in the early detection of retinopathy,
treatment of children with strabismus (squints), amblyopia (lazy eye)
and difficult cases including difficult contact lenses fittings.
YK is most involved in the care of the blind community as the chairman
of the Miri Blind Center covering northern Sarawak. He was elected to
serve in the Malaysian Optical Council for 2 terms from 2002 -2008.
Founded the Sarawak Optical Traders Association in 1992 and served as
president for the first 7 years. At present he remains an active
member of the local Lions Club having served as President in
1999-2000, and an active member of the Association of Malaysian
Y. K. was recognized by his peers for his outstanding contribution to
Malaysian Optometry by being awarded the National Optometrist of the
Year in 2004, the first to receive such an award. He’s married with 3