Eye Screening for Children
Why do screening?
A child’s visual system is not fully mature at birth. During early childhood, the children’s eyes are developing rapidly. It is important for a child to see clearly for the visual system to develop normally. If a child has high refractive errors (high degree), squint (misalignment of the 2 eyes) or anisometropia (imbalance of degree between the 2 eyes), it may affect the visual development and cause permanent irreversible loss of vision. This is called amblyopia.
What do we screen for?
Our screening is focused on detecting amblyopia, squint eyes and high refractive errors at a very early stage when they can still be treated effectively.
What is amblyopia?
Amblyopia is commonly known as lazy eye. It is poor vision in eyes that have not developed well in the early childhood years. The condition is common, affecting approximately 1 to 4 out of every 100 people.
Who should go for the screening?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that all children have to be screened before the age of 4 years.
Our eye screening welcomes all children of age 6 months to 5 years old or older. Early eye screening at younger age picks up children lazy eyes, squints and high refractive errors at an earlier stage where they are more successfully treated.
However, if you already suspect that your child has an eye condition, please consult an eye doctor for a complete examination instead.
Who does the screening for your child?
The screening will be conducted by optometrists who are trained in paediatric optometry.
Any eyedrops needed for the eye check?
No eyedrops are needed for eye screening! Your child will be going through some simple tests conducted by optometrist along with child-friendly computerized machine.
What do I get at the end of the screening?
You will be given a report stating the findings and recommendations for your child. Should you child requires further follow up with the ophthalmologist (eye specialist), the optometrist will inform you.
How much does it cost?
SGD $80 onwards per screening. The screening will take about 15-30mins per child.
How do I fix an appointment?
You may call us @ 6887 3797 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for appointment. Alternatively, you may approach any of our staffs for assistance.
What are the opening hours?
Our screening service is available from Monday–Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 12.45pm and closed on public holidays.
- Like any other screening, this screening may fail to pick up all eye diseases (false negative).
- This screening is focused on detecting lazy eyes, squint eyes and high refractive errors.
- Even if all tests are normal, it is advisable to have regular screening every 6-12 months as a young child’s eye grows and develops rapidly.
- The screening may also be ‘false positive’, i.e. sometimes a completely normal child may also fail the screening tests and be referred.