Through our conversation with our patients, we came to realize that there are a lot of myths and questions around vision and eye health, these are some common ones, especially regarding our Children Myopia Control Program, Comprehensive Eye Exam and Progressive Lenses. Hope this is helpful!
Of course, feel free to reach out to us through Whatsapp, email or phone, we will be happy to clarify any doubts that you may have.
Refraction is only to check your eye prescription/power for glasses or contact lenses. Comprehensive eye exam is a detailed assessment of the visual performance and health of your eyes, includes checking for eye prescription and also screen the eyes for common vision threatening eye diseases like Cataract, Glaucoma, Retinal changes, etc
Recommended Frequency for eye examination.
- Below 16 years old - Annually
- 16 to <60 years old - Every 2 years
- 60 years old and above - Annually
For those with higher predisposed risk, like with family and/or personal history of systemic diseases, ocular diseases, work in high risk occupation and/or wear contact lenses, are recommended to have more frequent eye exams.
Do bring your recent pair(s) of glasses and contact lenses. Make a list of symptoms that concern you, if any. Gather any vision and eye-related conditions in your family.
If you would like to bring any company, please let them know that the eye examination may take up to 45 minutes.
Although there are variations in individuals experience and the time taken to adapt to progressive lenses, most people get used to their lenses within 1-2 weeks. The best way to get use to your new lenses is to move your head as well as your eyes when looking sideways, adjust to your glasses by wearing them in a familiar environment and avoid switching back to your old glasses.
If the progressive lenses are correctly fitted by your optician/optometrist, you should be looking through the correct areas of the lenses in your habitual (usual) natural head and eye movements without awkward head movements.
Newer and modern progressive lenses have been designed to fit into smaller frames to match normal eye movements in these frame styles. Your optician/optometrist can recommend the best lenses for your needs.
The current progressive lenses are really easy to get used to, and new users should have little difficulty adapting to them. For new wearers, bend your head down and look through the top part of the lenses while walking down steps, especially for the initial period.
Myopia is very common in Singapore, affecting more than 80% of the adult population here. Myopia in most cases is caused by the elongation of the eyeball, and the symptom is blurry distance vision. High myopia and longer eyeball length leads increases the prevalence of blinding eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataract and retina pathology that leads to possible loss of vision. It is important to know that traditional glasses, contact lenses and even refractive surgery, can help remove the symptoms of blurry vision, but does not solve the problem of increased risk of blindness due to excessive eyeball elongation. There are now myopia control technologies and methods that have been scientifically shown to slow down the progression of myopia.
NOTE: Traditional spectacle lenses and contact lenses do not slow down the progression of myopia. They help to correct your refractive errors and allow you to see clearly but does not have any form of myopia control. Myopia control solutions not only help patients see clearly, but more importantly slow down the progression of myopia by as high as 50%. The goal is to reduce the risks of possible future vision loss caused by blinding eye diseases due to high myopia.
We believe that one solution does not solve all problems. Every child is different and there is a strong need to personalize solution(s) depending on the situation of each child. We tasked ourselves to be well-trained in the latest myopia control technologies and options, so that we have an array of solutions to offer to our patients.
When a child comes on board, we will put them through a Myopia Control Program that includes a wide range of tests, determine contributing factors and likely causes leading to myopia increase before an appropriate control solution is recommended. As myopia control management is long term, it is important that the parents and child understand, and together with the optometrist, commit to the solutions adopted prior to implementation.
Children who demonstrate the below criteria should come to us for Myopia Control Consultation:
• Children who are myopic between the age of 5 to 12
• Children who are experiencing increasing myopia year after year
• Children who has at least one parents who is myopic
• Children who spend excessive time on digital device, reading and on near work
Teenagers who are still experiencing year after year myopia increment.
Our motto and motivation is placing our patient’s interest as priority so that we can achieve the best clinical outcome. One solution does not fit all, because we believe all our patients are different and have unique needs, especially when it comes to kids and myopia control. We place emphasis to educate the pros and cons of each technology has to offer, and take time to understand what each and every kid truly needs.
Please bring the following:
•Existing spectacles or contact lens
•Existing myopia treatment plan information (if applicable)
Come talk to us together with your kid and understand what can be done. The consultation will help determine if your child has a high myopia risk profile and whether a yearly review is sufficient or a further evaluation is required.
Yes, 6/9 means your child needs to stand nearer to the object to see clearly as compared to a child who has 6/6 vision who is still able to see clearly further away. It’s important that your child quickly get an eyecheck to determine if he/she really need any spectacles.
Orthokeratology is one of our key myopia control solutions. Many of our students who are myopic and astigmatic are already on Orthokeratology (OK) treatment where results have shown to be excellent for myopia control. OK uses specially designed contact lenses, very much like braces, to gently mould the central part of the cornea during sleep and clear vision is achieved without glasses or contact lenses during waking hours. It is totally reversible with clear vision throughout the day and we have great success for myopia control results..
Various specialty spectacle lenses and/or specialty soft contact lenses can also be customized for your child, depending on their lifestyle and habits. We only use myopia control technologies that are reversible and non-invasive. No medication or surgical procedure is required.
As mentioned above, specialty spectacle lenses and soft contact lenses are also available. When our optometrists mention a certain treatment option for your child, very often, they take into consideration on firstly, the success control percentage of the recommended treatment, and secondly, what would match your child’s lifestyle and habits most? Most of our kids are first time contact lens wearers and have no problem with it. We find our kids are highly compliant with contact lens care and they understand the importance of hygiene and following instructions that we set out for them. You’ll be surprised that kids are often better wearers than adults. Nevertheless, we will always talk to the kids and their parents on their preference before carrying forward any treatment options.
Myopia can be complicated and difficult to pinpoint the exact cause that aggrevates the progression. Factors including long hours of near work, lack of outdoor activities, growth of a child, eye muscles coordination, etc, leading to myopia progression. Besides checking on the refractive status and the eye muscles coordination of the child, we also have advanced instrumentation to measure the actual length of the eyeball. Usually, the higher the myopia power, the longer the eyeball. However, for a more holistic control management, we should not just focus on either the refractive status or eyeball length. We need to look at all results to determine if a certain myopia control method is working well. Refractive power is an easy way to judge on the progression but it is also equally important to monitor the eyeball length closely, so that we know if a certain method is not working well, we could switch to other options strategically.
The cost of myopia control solutions ranges from $250 to $2500, depending on the form of myopia control technology used. Sometimes for aggressive progressors, a combination of solutions are required.
Yes you can. In fact, if you find your child is squinting or tilting his/her head at a certain angle to see, it may be a good indication for an eye check. Giving your child a baseline eyecheck is important so that all of us know whether the eye is growing too quickly over in their growth years. We have parents bringing their kids at age 4 to 5 to check on their eyes. Like a visit to the dentist, the care for eyes for a child is extremely important. We often take our sight for granted until when we start putting on glasses, and often with the clear vision provided by the glasses become a part of our lives, we often assume clear vision means good eye health. On the contrary, clear vision does not equate healthy eyes. High myopia has been associated with many blinding eye conditions that often happens in our late adulthood. The best time to start paying attention to your child’s eye is before they become myopic, especially if either or both parents are myopic and your child is spending excessive time on digital device or near work. It is important to know that myopia in most cases are not reversible and is progressive.
Come speak to us on how to keep myopia away from your child.