Recently I shared on Facebook that Xi En needed glasses. He came back from his school’s eye check assessment with a worrying report. That childhood song rang in my mind when he first came back with the eye check report: “眼镜 眼镜 找朋友, 以以找到 ……. 曾希恩”(It simply means: Glasses looking for friends.. and they found Ethen Chen!)
It is unbelievable that kids need glasses at such young age! But I did notice a growing number of young children requiring glasses. In our era, I started with “4 eyes” around 12 years old and Kim, around age 15.
His initial report:
Right Eye (without glasses): 6/9.5P
Left Eye (without glasses): 6/30P (this is the one with issues)
If your kid haven’t received the free assessment, it should come soon if he/she is going to a preschool and is in K1/K2. The School Health Service will conduct vision screening for pre-schoolers. More information here.
We were given a referral letter to the School Health Service (Health Promotion Board) and proceeded with further checks at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The conclusion is that he has high levels of astigmatism and lazy eye (Amblyopia) in the left eye. Basically the main causes of amblyopia are uncorrected high refractive error (astigmatism, hyperopia, myopia) and squint.
In Xi En’s case, there is a chance that such eyesight problems came about due to his prematurity. He had grade 1 bleeding in the brain (when he was on full oxygen dependency the minute he was born). The doctor didn’t conclude that it is due to that issue; but mentioned that premature babies do have a higher chance of having eye sight issues.
And so the recommendation is to start on corrective glasses first and KIV patching of the left eye in a month’s time. The main aim of the glasses is to correct the astigmatism (200 on the right and 300 on the left).
Daddy was concerned that it’s troublesome to play sports or go to the army with glasses. Mommy was frowning with thoughts he doesn’t know how to take care of glasses at such young age. The boy? He was quite thrilled to choose his own glasses! Kids; that innocence. They don’t worry that much. That’s the beauty too 🙂 He choose a pair of specs in his favourite colour (purple) at our neighbourhood spectacle shop; which by the way is operated by a nice couple. Prices are reasonable and service is excellent. If you don’t stay too far away and want a reliable optician, you can consider this shop. I am not related to them; nor is this a sponsored post. Just passing on a recommendation based on experience. 🙂
Contact Person: Jimmy
Address: Blk 5 Upper Boon Keng Rd #01-16 Singapore 380005 (opposite Kallang MRT)
Being the worrying mommy, I was concerned that Xi En might be teased in school or that he will play with his specs, sit on it or leave it in the toilet. A million and one concerns. I called his teacher and asked her to help to ease him in with the glasses in school. She was pleasant and helpful to instruct his schoolmates accordingly. But just a week after, he came home with a small scratch line on one of the lenses because his friend whacked his glasses off (I heard he irritated his friend by singing too loud! ahhaa! Boys boys…). Somehow I have a feeling we will see a “battled” glasses in no time.
It just a consolation my boy does look decently good with specs! 🙂 Till a month later, we will know if the glasses helped. More updates then!