As one of the world’s biggest public health challenges, myopia affects approximately 2.6 billion people, or one-third of the world’s population, and is set to double by 2050.
Singapore, the “Myopia Capital of the World”, has one of the highest prevalence of myopia in the world, with 65 per cent of our children being myopic by Primary 6, and 83 per cent of young adults being myopic. Many are unaware of the complications and eye disorders that childhood myopia will bring later in life that will cause significant morbidity or even loss of sight.
To raise awareness of childhood myopia and innovative management approaches that can be adopted by parents, Thomson X has brought together experts in paediatric ophthalmology and technology partner, Plano, to share more about this pressing issue.
Join Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Eye Centre and Associate Professor Mo Dirani, Managing Director of Plano Pte Ltd as we explore childhood myopia and how to protect our kids for this looming epidemic.
Topic: Myopia - A New Epidemic? What More Can I Do To Help My Child’s Vision?
By Dr Lam Pin Min, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist, Director of Paediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus Services, Eagle Eye Centre
As a trained surgeon and specialist in paediatric ophthalmology, Dr Lam worked at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital from 2005 to 2013, before going into private practice in 2014. He is currently a Visiting Senior Consultant at the Singapore National Eye Centre.
His main interest is in the management of childhood eye conditions, including paediatric strabismus, myopia and other refractive errors, amblyopia (lazy eye) and also adult strabismus.
Dr Lam was actively involved as the Singapore representative in the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) from 2014-2020 and was the Executive Board Member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) from 2019-2020.
He also was trained as an Aviation Medicine Specialist and had obtained his postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 1997. He served as a Flight Surgeon with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) from 1995 to 2003. He has been appointed a Member of the Civil Aviation Medical Board and Advisor to the Society of Aviation Medicine Singapore.
Topic: Plano’s Innovative Approach To Help Reduce The Global Burden Of Childhood Myopia
By Associate Professor Mo Dirani, Managing Director, Plano Pte Ltd
Associate Professor Mohamed (Mo) Dirani is the founding Managing Director of Plano Pte Ltd and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School. Mo completed his MBA at the Australian Institute of Business (AIB) and is a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Mo completed his PhD at the age of 26 years (2006) at the University of Melbourne and has published almost 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts in medical journals, invited as a guest speaker across the globe and has been the recipient of prestigious and competitive scientific awards, scholarships and fellowships. Mo is an avid runner, with his 13th marathon completed in November 2019 (New York City Marathon) to support a campaign together with Artolution.