The Health Promotion Board (HPB) provides vision screening to 5 and 6 year old children (K1 and K2) in kindergartens and childcare centres. This is to screen for visual problems such as myopia (shortsightedness), squint or other eye conditions.
Good vision is very important for a child who is learning and growing. Visual problems should therefore be corrected early.
The Health Promotion Board (HPB) conducts simple eye tests for pre-schoolers to check for common eye conditions like myopia (shortsightedness) every year in the kindergartens and childcare centres. Your child will be required to read off a chart, from a pre-determined distance to check his eyesight. If the results show that your child may be shortsighted, he will be referred to Health Promotion Board's Refraction Clinics for further assessment.
A 3D Vision Screening is also done to find out if your child has normal three-dimensional (3D) vision. Special patterned plates are shown to him. If he is unable to pick out the right images, he may have a squint or other conditions. He will also be referred to the Health Promotion Board's Refraction Clinics for further assessment.
Your child will also be taught how to take care of his eyes. If you suspect that your child has a vision problem before the next vision screening, take him to an optometrist.