From a one-man department to 23 optometrists today, the SNEC’s optometry service has been helping people with vision problems see the world in new light – often through a combination of eye exercises, optical aids, prescription glasses and contact lenses.
Since its inception in 1990, the optometry service has achieved several key milestones, starting with the first published article by an SNEC optometrist in the Journal of the American Optometric Association in 1995. Two years later, in 1997, the service began its phase of expansion with satellite clinics at Mount Alvernia Hospital and KK Women's and Children's Hospital.
By 2001, the number of optometrists had expanded to a dozen – though more optometrists and specialised training for optometrists was needed. In 2002, SNEC optometrists developed an optometry curriculum that covers areas such as theoretical optics, practical optics and contact lenses, and have been teaching such courses at Republic Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic.
In recent years, the optometry service has been involved in more outreach activities to increase awareness of eye care and myopia through vision screenings and talks in schools.
It also works with the Health Promotion Board to provide refraction screening to pre-school children for myopia and amblyopia. Since 2013, four of our optometrists have been trained and are now providing primary eye care clinical service at the SNEC Eye Clinic @ NHCS.
SNEC has also started to conduct many teaching courses for allied health professionals. Besides participating in overseas courses and conferences, our optometrists have delivered lectures and presentations overseas, and will continue to be involved in overseas eye screenings and clinics with our doctors.
To find out more of our optometry services, watch out our video here.
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