Boost awareness, visibility of optometric services

The two main reasons that few people visit optometrists for basic eye checks are the lack of awareness and the low visibility of such services ("Visit optometrists for regular eye screening" by Mr Roland Izaac; Tuesday).

First, not many people may be aware that optometrists are primary eye-care professionals trained to diagnose many eye conditions.

The Singapore Optometric Association may have to educate the public on the roles of and the services provided by its members and create the necessary awareness.

Second, while optical shops are highly visible in the heartland and shopping malls, it is not easy to know which shops are helmed by optometrists and are adequately equipped to provide basic eye checks and primary eye-care services.

While optical shops are highly visible in the heartland and shopping malls, it is not easy to know which shops are helmed by optometrists and are adequately equipped to provide basic eye checks and primary eye-care services.

A unique icon could perhaps be designed and displayed prominently for the public to easily identify such optical shops.

On a related note, the Community Health Assist Scheme is open to interested dental clinics for registration.

Likewise, interested optical shops which provide optometric services should be included in the scheme, so that the needy can have access to subsidised eye checks, and be referred to a specialist for follow-up, if necessary.

Ng Chee Kheon

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 23, 2016, with the headline 'Boost awareness, visibility of optometric services'. Print Edition | Subscribe