Children should have their eyes checked every 3-6 months, while adults typically should get in about one check once every two years. However, adults above the age of 40 should be having their eyes checked (refraction and eye health) once every year.
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error when the eye does not bend or refract light properly to a single focus to see images clearly (the image falls in front of the retina). When it happens, near objects appear clear while distant objects are blurred. Hyperopia is a similar condition, except that the image is projected behind the retina, and thus distant objects appear clear. However, symptoms are more prevalent in adults than children because they have active eye muscles that allows them to compensate for poor vision at near. Presbyopia is an age-related eye condition that occurs when the lens in the eye is no longer as flexible, causing difficulty to see clearly when performing near tasks.
Astigmatism is a condition when the shape of the cornea or eyeball is not perfectly curved, causing images to fall at 2 different points in the eye.
Optometrists in Singapore are trained and qualified to provide primary eye care such as refraction, eye health examination and contact lens fitting. They are also qualified to perform the following:
- Detect abnormal eye conditions and refer patients to other healthcare practitioners for treatment, if necessary.
- Perform refraction and prescribe optical appliances such as glasses and contact lenses.
- Dispensing and adjustment of glasses
Opticians are trained and qualified to prepare, adjust and fit optical aids as well as perform other retail duties. They are split into categories: Dispensing only, Dispensing and Refraction, and Contact Lens Dispensing Opticians.
It is possible for single vision lenses. However, the lens required in the new frame has to be of a similar shape, and/or has to be smaller than that of the current one.
We at Kimpo- Do Singapore offer all our customers a 3 month warranty period on refractive prescriptions. That is to say, if you feel any discomfort or if you're not satisfied with the vision, we'll be happy to make adjustments to your degree.
Dry or red eyes can be triggered by various factors, and the most common causes include over wearing of lenses and poor lens hygiene. Usually these symptoms can be relieved with the use of preservative-free eye drops or a better lens cleaning regime. It is however recommended to consult your eye care practitioner for a detailed eyehealth check so we can specifically address your issue.
Contact lenses are generally recommended to be worn for a maximum of 6 to 8 hours a day. Swimming or sleeping with lenses are not advisable due to the higher risks of eye infections and complications.
For more information please feel free to approach anyone on our team here at Kimpo-Do Singapore!