10 Jun '11, 12am

Home-grown optometry graduates ready to detect eye problems

Home-grown optometry graduates ready to detect eye problems

SINGAPORE: More polyclinics will soon have trained optometrists who can help detect non-complex eye problems. This means patients with such diseases can avoid long queues at hospitals. On Wednesday, 49 home-grown optometrists graduated from the first Singapore Polytechnic-University of Manchester optometry programme. The programme, in collaboration with the National Healthcare Group Eye Institute in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, helps the optometrists gain clinical exposure. The head of ophthalmology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Dr Wong Hon Tym, said the focus of optometrists in the past was mainly to prescribe spectacles. With this new degree programme, the focus has been on disease detection, he added. The students were exposed in clinics to a wide range of common and blinding eye conditions like glaucoma cataract. Dr Wong said: "These students will now be able to recognise thes...

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