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I find it rather strange that we adopt a myopic approach to simple eye care and minor health problems that eventually gets blown out of proportion and eventually paralyzes the entire population.  This is symptomatic of developed countries that attracts vultures who sees health care as a sole money spinner rather than affordable long-term solution.  I am not even sure if doctors or even Optometrists and Ophthalmologists and in particular, opticians are even remotely aware of the Hippocratic Oath – an oath historically taken by doctors swearing to practice medicine ethically.

Today’s CNA Online carried another eye care news – “New clinical trials for high myopia” (CNA Online – 18 Jan) about the Singapore Eye Research Institute to conduct a new clinical trial in collaboration with Bayer HealthCare and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals to tackle the problem of high myopia. Singapore is known to be the myopia capital of the world with 40 per cent of adults suffering from the eye condition…..

In a certain manner, I applaud this approach for those already afflicted with high myopia but generally we need to think about how it came about or derived in the first place.

Basically we need to reassess whether we are WRONG in the first place to keep changing our kids’ lenses for a more powerful lens to see far when the poor kid actually got his short-sightedness from reading NEAR and not FAR.   As such he could no longer see far.  The optician will glady prescribe  a distance lens to see far and the poor kid will re-strain his eyes again to see NEAR.  This vicious cycle is well known but PEOPLE chose to ignore it as it will not rake in money for the lucrative spectacle business.  It even spin a side industry itself for other “eye care” profession.  Such a SPECTACLE indeed !!!

Watch this animation: http://www.preventmyopia.org/flashanimation.html (link)

Vicious Myopia Cycle

My younger son, myopia is arrested as he has a transition lens to see NEAR and FAR like those for the long-sighted person.  This is a simple and good approach to start at the kid level.  Another way is probably to keep the old pair of spectacle for reading while using the new high-power glasses to see far like in classroom or bus-stops.   But this can be cumbersome.  But at least you can make informed choices.  I hope that people can be more educated if they can chose to read wisely and widely rather than being told what to read or write.

Do read my earlier article of our myopic approaches that may have hindered or clouded our national visions:

a. Vicious myopic prescriptions worsen your kids’ and national visions

February 24, 2008

b. Health Promotion Board’s Eyecare Week – Be Wise!

March 24, 2010

Take Care

Mikey

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The eye-boggling and mind-numbing Health Promotion Board’s eyecare week is back again.  At least for me.  You can read the latest article on Straits Times (Mar 23, 2010 – Stop myopia from getting worse and Razor TV) .  Time for parents to increase the power or get new glasses or devices for your kids.  Hip Hip Hooray to the entrepreneurs and the likes.  Right???

WRONG !!!!

In short, our kids degree worsen when they attempt to read a book or any material using a NORMAL prescription lens meant to see FAR. Why?

In short, when the optician prescribe a lens for our kid it is meant the see FAR.   So when he read a book within his arms length, it will cause strain, however subtly and after a while, his eyeball curvature and lens will change to see near and as such, he cannot see FAR clearly again.

In short, we drag him to see an optician AGAIN who gleefully prescribe a even more powerful degree len for him to see FAR and when he reaches home, he will read his book with the new spectacle meant the see FAR clearly.  His eye looks bright as it waters easily from the newly imposed  strain.  His parents beamed with joy and pride as his kid looked more intelligent in his new glasses.

So the vicious cycle is repeated again and again, all the while, making the opticians happy and the other eye devices and even eye doctors happy.  So much business for a simple recurring myopic prescription for our “myopic” populace.

YES, we are indeed near-sighted.

So, please do not succumb to the optician who insist on giving your kid the most powerful lens to see FAR.  To be fair to opticians, it could be kiasu (scared lose) parents who insist on the highest degree to see everything and yet see nothing.  Instead, be happy to compromise that your kid can see reasonably FAR while most of his time should be spent reading NEAR for knowledge from books and computers.    Maybe a bifocal len is better to see NEAR and FAR at the same time to arrest the rapid deterioration amongst the youth.  Not sure if the health promotion board pay any attention to blog postings at all, especially those that do not generate obvious tangible benefits.  This is rather short-sighted, so to speak.

So much for sight.  I am not even talking about feeling yet …. we are not ready.

Take Care

Mikey

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Just gave an innovative idea to a EyeRelax staff last week (24 Jul 08) when my wife and I visited their office to collect a table lamp whilst giving our experiences using the eye relaxing device that was supposedly to be effective for amblyopia (lazy eye), myopia (short-sightedness) and presbyopia (long-sightedness).
I also have another eye […]

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It seemed that many opticians do not know the difference between Hyperopia and Presbyopia. I think many are simply passing off a lower degree pair of glasses as a proper reading glass and which could further exacerbate our eyesight problem.  Came across this in the internet.  So could some kind soul out there pse enlighten […]

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When my wife told me that my kid now in primary 4 (10 yrs old) had his myopic degree upped to 600+ by the optician, I was angry. I did not fell off my chair like most writers did. Not because it was any body’s fault but rather because it was simply a myopic […]

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Just gave an innovative idea to a EyeRelax staff last week (24 Jul 08) when my wife and I visited their office to collect a table lamp whilst giving our experiences using the eye relaxing device that was supposedly to be effective for amblyopia (lazy eye), myopia (short-sightedness) and presbyopia (long-sightedness).

I also have another eye relaxing device which basically works on the same principle to focus and unfocus the eye. EyeRelax uses lights (colour) effect while another device uses animal pictures. Both aims to attract kids to use the device for five or ten minutes per treatment. But after using for days on ends, its novelty usually loses its appeal. Why? Because who would want to look at the same thing day in day out.

So my suggestion to the EyeRelax staff was to tell her boss to come up with a device that works on the similar principle of “focus and unfocus” effect but this time round to plug onto a television (maybe via the input cables) and certainly everyone would want to use it since they would be watching their favourite program thought albeit a bit unfocused and focused during the show. However, this would allow the user not only to stay with the treatment program, but also to improve or accentuate their audacity (hearing) during “out focal” range.  Maybe it would be better to plug onto a video player to play  VCD, Mpeg 4 or WMA format.

So please get to do this product quickly and launch it as soon as possible or your competitor would beat you to it.

Good Luck!

Mike Yee

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It seemed that many opticians do not know the difference between Hyperopia and Presbyopia. I think many are simply passing off a lower degree pair of glasses as a proper reading glass and which could further exacerbate our eyesight problem.  Came across this in the internet.  So could some kind soul out there pse enlighten me if any should here is selling the Trufocal lens, as it seemed rather innovative.  Thanks.

Thanks

Mikey

my earlier posting: Vicious myopic prescriptions worsen your kids’ and national visions

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When my wife told me that my kid now in primary 4 (10 yrs old) had his myopic degree upped to 600+ by the optician, I was angry. I did not fell off my chair like most writers did. Not because it was any body’s fault but rather because it was simply a myopic (short-sighted) view of the prevailing problem here in Singapore. I scoured through the internet for any plausible answer and this is what I have found.

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