Thursday, July 26, 2007

Myopia

Myopia is a public health problem in Singapore, where many are afflicted by it. Surveys conducted here have indicated that it affects about 25% of 7 year olds, 33% of 9 year olds, 50% of 12 year olds and more than 80% of 18 year old males in Singapore.

It has been found that the earlier the onset of myopia, the worse the final outcome will be. We have been trying to encourage our children to take part in active "eye health care", where we insist that they take eye breaks after every half an hour of computer time, as well the encourage them to just "get out" and play in the garden, cloud gaze, or admire the boats out at sea.

Recently, my daughter S, (11 years) was tested by the School health service and found to be myopic. At the last test (12 months ago) she still had perfect eyesight. I have been keeping my fingers crossed for my children to have perfect eyesight. You see, my hubby has perfect eyesight. I had perfect eyesight until age 24. As a result of too much computer work in the office then, my eyesight started deteriorating. Fortunately, I am not severly myopic. (So, my myopia was the result of an occupational hazard, but unfortunately I was not compensated for it!!)

S, has had quite a bit of school work that required computer time recently, and I really believe that that is the cause of her deteriorating eyesight. There are times when I am not vigilant enough to enforce the "eye breaks" and she, who is usually quite diligent at keeping to such things, got carried away working on her work.

So, looks like she is now part of those statistics! So everyone, remember, 3 to 5 minutes of eye breaks after 30 minutes of near work, especially computer work. And we bloggers can really get carried away on the computer! Take care!

11 comments:

Mommy to Chumsy said...

thanks for the advice :D sometimes we do get carried away when at the computer.

bp said...

Wow, you and your husband do have very good eyesight! I've been shortsighted since I was 12, but hopefully S will keep her 'degree'/'power' to a minimum (the way mine didn't stay that low).

Thanks for your tip... I didn't take eye breaks when I was working back home and glued to the computer all day, and but now I'd better!

Judy said...

I think children these days have too much on their plate when it comes to school. Thus the eye problem.

My kids also have a habit of reading in dim light.

Though I have read that Asians (mainly Chinese) are more prone to eyesight problems than caucasians. Something to do with the shape of the cornia. I can't quite remember.

tigerfish said...

Tt's why I have serious myopia too! I was found myopic at abt 12 yrs old...:(

stay-at-home mum said...

Hi Everyone - eye breaks! I am sure you have been blog hopping for more than half an hour! I have!

eastcoastlife said...

Hope your daughter will take good care of her eyes. Don't be a blind bat lik eme. ^-^

stay-at-home mum said...

Hi ECL
I hope so too. If too myopic, may have to consider lasik, next time. She was asking me what lasik was just two days ago!!

Victor said...

Our whole family of 4 are myopic. Mine used to be the most severe. I had cataract operations done on both eyes nearly 10 years ago where the surgeon inserted an intra-ocular lens implant into each eye to replace the natural lens. The degree of each implanted lens was calculated to compensate for the shortsightedness of the eye. Immediately after the operation my eyesight was almost perfect. Now, after so many years of computer work, the shortsightedness is creeping back again although it is not very severe.

stay-at-home mum said...

Hi Victor
Yes, I have heard of that implant. Wonder if they can do it for long sightedness as well? So that there is no need for progressive lenses.

Victor said...

My first operation was carried out to remove an early cataract in my left eye. The motive was hence pathological and not actually to correct refractive errors. However, I was so impressed with the results that I asked the surgeon if he could operate on my healthy right eye as well. Although he said that it was against medical ethics to operate on a healthy eye, he made an exception for me and acceded to my request.

Yes, I heard recent news that there is an improved lens implant that acts like a multifocal lens, allowing the eye to accommodate, i.e. to view both near and distant objects clearly. So correcting long-sightedness shouldn't be any problem, I guess.

stay-at-home mum said...

Now I know what to do if I have to go for cataract op. Thanks Victor