06 Dec '11, 1am

Shortsighted? Myopic kids preferring not to wear spectacles despite free vouchers, because it's 'not cool'

Shortsighted? Myopic kids preferring not to wear spectacles despite free vouchers, because it's 'not cool'

-- ST PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: WANG HUI FEN By Salma Khalik, Health Correspondent Thousands of near-sighted pupils in Singapore are going around with uncorrected vision - some because they feel it is not 'cool' to be bespectacled. Their myopia has been picked up by the annual eye screening that is given to all school children, but they still either do not wear spectacles or wear those that are wrong for them, according to the Health Promotion Board (HPB). And it is not because they cannot afford to have spectacles with the correct prescriptions made. Children from poorer homes are given vouchers so they are not deprived of glasses. But every year, less than half of them are used. Background story TURNING A BLIND EYE LAST YEAR: More than 6,000 vouchers were given out, with two in three going to primary school children. Only 41 per cent were used. THIS YEAR: About 6,798 were give...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/...

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