Established in 1999



Public Others Government Business Arts Community
Entertainment Lifestyle Services People Travel Internet Stuff



     FrontPage Edition: Thu 19 July 2007

Weather: Meteorological Service Singapore    High & Low Tides

Yesterday   2007   2006   2005   2004   2003   2002   2001   2000   1999

Two in three Primary Six students have myopia


Question No: 267 Question By: Mr Zainudin Nordin, MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC

Question No: 267

Question By: Mr Zainudin Nordin, MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
To ask the Minister for Health
(a) whether myopia is on the rise among young and adult Singaporeans;
(b) if so, what are his Ministry¡¯s plans to address this; and
(c) whether his Ministry will consider working with childcare and pre- school providers to introduce preventive measures.
Reply from MOH, 16 Jul 2007
Myopia is a major public health problem here. The prevalence rate seems to have stabilised in the last 5 years, but it is high in absolute terms.
About 30 % of our Primary 1 students and 2 in 3 Primary 6 students have myopia. By the time they are 18, 80% of them are myopic.
Myopia usually develops and progresses in childhood, but stabilises when one enters adulthood. Our preventive efforts therefore focus on children.
In 2001, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) spearheaded the National Myopia Prevention Programme, in partnership with MOE and MCYS.
The aim is to delay the onset and reduce the progression of myopia in children.
The prevention strategies include public education targeted at parents, teachers and children to inculcate good eye care habits such as adopting correct posture when reading, ensuring adequate lighting and having regular outdoor activity.
We also introduced a vision screening programme in primary and secondary schools and a spectacles fund for needy children.
HPB works closely with kindergartens and childcare centres to extend vision screening to pre-schoolers. The aim is to identify children with early myopia and ¡°lazy eye¡± (ambylopia).
About 1 in 7 pre-schoolers has defective vision. They are referred to refraction clinics in our polyclinics for further assessment and management. For children with ¡°lazy eye¡± condition, early treatment can prevent the development of functional blindness.
While we will press on with our preventive efforts, we recognise that bringing down myopia rates will not be easy. Thus far, we are not aware of any country that has succeeded in reducing its myopia prevalence rate.

Source: News Release 16 Jul 2007

Important Notice

Our FrontPage Editions are a historical record of our Web site and reflect the changing of the times, and also of our Web site through time. We do not and will not update the links and stories on these FrontPages even if they have become obsolete.


If you have an event or some news to share with our readers, send the details, including picture(s), to us at 

We are now 13869 pages thick and growing.

Public Holidays NATIONAL DAY is the next public holiday. It falls on 9 August 2007.