Apple of
My Eye

Detect childhood myopia early
and practise good eye care habits.

words cindy tjipto
photo courtesy of nanyang optical

Kids wearing glasses and their eyes glued to smartphones
or tablets are a common sight nowadays, whether is it at
a restaurant, shopping mall or on a public transport.

Developed countries, especially Singapore, are known for
their high rates of myopia. A survey by the Health Promotion Board
in 2009 found that 65 percent of our Primary 6 children have myopia
—one of the highest prevalence of myopia in the world.

This alarming trend is a cause for concern for parents with
many wondering what they can do to prevent their children
from developing myopia.

Often times, many parents missed out the early cues that
their children are developing myopia and only discover the problem
when it’s too late. Early diagnosis of nearsightedness is crucial.
Kids with myopia may encounter social and educational issues such as
getting teased by their peers about their eyesight, and affecting their studies
due to their inability to see what is written on the whiteboard.

The best way to prevent late detection of myopia is to bring
your children for a regular eye check-up. While School Health Service
conducts vision screenings in schools every year, myopia may
develop at an accelerated pace that impairs the daily functioning
of your kids during the period between the check-ups.

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