1. How often should I get a comprehensive eyecare exam?
Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms, therefore you might not alert a problem exists. Professional organizations such as the Hong Kong Society of Professional Optometrists (HKSPO), the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommend a general patient should receive a comprehensive eyecare exam at least once in every 1 to 1.5 year, since periodic eyecare exam is an important part of preventive health care. Contact lens wearers should receive their regular aftercare exams according to the instruction made by their eye health professional.
2. At what age should my young child receive an eye exam?
Parents may arrange the first eye exam for their young infants as young as 6 month old in certain situations such as prematurity, familial history of strabismus/high myopia. Otherwise, a young child should have at least one comprehensive eyecare exam between 3 and 5 years of age.
3. Why is myopia management important for my kids?
The eyeball axial elongation in high myopia (>-5D) is associated with an elevated risk of visual impairment from myopic maculopathy, glaucoma, cataract, retinal detachment later in life. Therefore, an early intervention to proactively manage all the in-born and environmental risk factors of myopia development of your kids can optimize the slowing of their myopia growth, promoting their lifelong eye health.
4. What are the effective myopia control strategies available at present?
For now, evidence-based effective myopia control strategies include: optical myopia treatments that are designed to stimulate myopic defocus, Orthokeratology/Ortho-K, and pharmacological based treatment such as daily low-concentration atropine.
5. Does iCare Eyecare accept Health Care Voucher for the elderly?
iCare Eyecare 護眼.家 is an authorized Healthcare Service Provider under the Elderly Health Care Voucher Scheme (HCVS) of the government of HKSAR. Eligible seniors can use their vouchers to settle the service fee of their eyecare exam and their prescription eyeglasses deemed to be able to enhance their vision and promote healthy aging.
The information on this site is for general reference only. iCare Eyecare will try to keep the information updated and accurate. However, the information is not presented as a substitute for informed professional advice and does not substitute for consultation with optometrist or any other health and/or medical professional. If you have any questions about your individual situation, please contact your eye health professional.