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If child is not having any vision problems prior to pre-school
age, then shouldn't need to go for any eye exam.
Both my children had their first eye check up in their kindergarten.
Twice, which was during K1 and K2... Prior to the eye exam,
children will bring back a letter and consent form for parents to
sign in allowing their children to be examined. A report will be duly
given on the day of the eye exam itself, done during school hours.
The letter will indicate the organisation conducting the eye exam,
and what kind of exam will be done in usually a week or two. This
helps parents ensure their children will be in school on the said date
of the eye exam. There will be additional memo for parents, whose
children are required to go for follow up eye test at their GP or the
Both my children also had their eye exam done (free) during their
4-yr old developmental assessment at the Polyclinic. During this time,
children are encouraged to know all the alphabets. Apart from it being
a part of a child's milestone it also assists in the efficiency of the eye
Both my children had to go for follow up, so we went to Polyclinic.
P2 was diagnosed as having mild astigmatism. When i asked what
that actually meant, the lady said in layman terms, the eyeball not
exactly round. At that statement, i looked at P2 and joked with her,
"Oh gosh! Your eyeballs are SQUARE!" Lady was a little tickled and
continued to explain that, it meant P2 more often had to rely on one
to look at her surroundings or the school whiteboard. If there were
some written notes on either left or right side of the board, she tends
to turn her head to look at them. If she looks straight and tries to take
a look at the notes, it'll be sort of produces a blurry effect in vision...
Some sort like that lah, how she explained.. Not in exact words tho.
Was sent off with results from the astig test which was done twice
just to be sure she said.. (how sweet) and no glasses required.
K2 was diagnosed as heavily myopic at 4 years old (Polyclinic Exam).
But doc said too early to put her on glasses. Not such a good idea...
Sent us back with a follow up letter to return in 6 months time. Was
told to give her lotsa carrots to eat! And look at greenery as much as
she can to help improve...
and pray it does improve cause
she may need to don glasses for sure.
After 6 mths, it was slightly better. Doc still said he'll want us to monitor
her reading and viewing the tele habits. Ensure good posture during
reading and writing, also reminded to provide sufficient lighting during
such activities. No follow up required as by the next 6 mths, she will be
doing her eye exam in K1. The people will have a detailed assessment
sent to the Polyclinic for the next one. And if her vision test shows no
improvement, off spectacle hunting it wud be...
At K1, test came back....
Now... i wonder, how'd that happen... heheeehe...