An Eye Test Should Be the First Test of the School Year!

Don’t overlook an eye test in the excitement of getting your child ready for school! Children rarely report vision problems, often assuming everyone sees as they do. Roughly 1 in 5 children have an undetected eye condition which can affect their learning such as: amblyopia (lazy eye) astigmatism (distorted vision) myopia (difficulty focusing at distance) hyperopia (difficulty focusing at near) binocular vision problems (both eyes don’t function as a team) focussing difficulties eye tracking difficulties “An eye exam is important so children can get a headstart on learning,” states Dr Alex Du, behavioural optometrist at Eyecare Kids. “A child can...
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Myopia: Preventing It Is as Simple as Going Outdoors?

Myopia is significantly on the rise especially in our younger generation. By 2050, it is estimated to affect more than 50% of the world’s population. Myopia at a Glance Also known as short-sightedness, it is when distant objects are blurry, while near objects remain clear. It’s due to light being focused in front of the retina (the back layer of the eye) instead of on the retina. The cause is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors which result in the eyeball becoming too long. Is there a cure? No, there is no cure for myopia, but...
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Eyecare Kids team and the kids of Parian Drop-In Center

A Day of Smiles and Laughter at the Children’s Center

If for one day you had the chance to make some less-privileged kids happy, would you do it? Our team had this experience, and it was a truly inspiring moment for both the recipient and the giver. Destination: Cebu City Visitors love the Philippines for her delectable cuisine, historical sites and pristine beaches. In the heart of this Southeast Asia country is Cebu, the oldest but one of the most developed cities in the Philippines. Rich in cultural heritage and a centre of trade and commerce, this Queen City of the South is a bustling metropolis of people from different…

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Choose the Right Sunglasses for Your Babies and Toddlers

One of our optometry students Lowana welcomed two little sisters into the world a couple of years ago. With a keen interest in protecting their eyes, she began to convince her mum of the importance that they wear sunglasses from a young age. Mum had questions as to how early they should be wearing sunglasses, and how to actually keep them on in the first place! So let’s explore the ins and outs of sunglasses for our littlest family members. Why is it important for young children to wear sunglasses? As we explored in our blog “Does My Child Need…

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When Homework Is A Struggle

Some children don’t seem to like to read and some appear to really struggle to complete their homework. Most of the time parents think it’s just because they are lazy or want to play instead. But what if it’s not? If your child dislikes reading and homework, it could be related to a vision problem. Most people think “good vision” only means being able to see the smallest line on a chart or recognising an object from a good distance or even having good eye health. But the truth is, seeing clearly is just one of about 17 different vision…

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