MUM SAYS My 4-year-old needs to use glasses

One Singaporean mother shares her emotions on learning that her young daughter’s eye sight needs to be corrected.

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“My husband and I recently learnt that my 4-year-old daughter, Eva, needs glasses.

About six months ago, we started noticing that Eva would tilt her head forward whenever she watched TV, or when she was using a mobile device.

We weren’t sure why she was doing it ― maybe she was too engrossed, or maybe she couldn’t see clearly. At that point in time, we would ask her why she was doing it and to sit up properly.

However, we soon realised that something could be wrong, so we made a note to ask the nurse about it during her 4-year developmental screening at the polyclinic that was coming up soon.

We started noticing that Eva would tilt her head forward whenever she watched TV, or when she was using a mobile device.

Eva was to have her eyes examined during this checkup. She went through several tests ― during one of them, she was asked to sit in front of several acrylic boards to test her ability to recognise depth. Although she took a while, she managed to pass two of the three tests ― the nurse told us it was fine.

Since she was too young to read letters and numbers off an eye chart, she was asked to match the same letter and numbers on a different chart instead.

While I was a little nervous for her, I tried to remain calm as I didn’t want to stress her out. I just told her to tell us what she saw.

After the tests, a doctor told us that her eyesight was quite poor for someone so young – so it was better if they referred her to the KKH Eye Centre.