Yiu Yiu came home from school one day, informing us that there was an eye check at school, and she was diagnosed with astigmatism. We took her to the optometrist to get it checked out again, and confirmed her astigmatism of 1.0 Diopter. She also has nearsightedness of 0.5 Diopter.
I asked the optometrist the reason for her sight problems, and he said that most likely it’s inborn. A quick check on medical literature confirms that the cause of astigmatism is unknown. It is usually present from birth, and often occurs together with nearsightedness or farsightedness. According to an American study, nearly three in 10 children have astigmatism, and the prevalence is higher in Asian children.
While adults with a higher degree of astigmatism may realize their vision isn't as good as it should be, children who have astigmatism symptoms may not be aware they have this condition, and are unlikely to complain about blurred or distorted vision. So parents of young child(ren), if you are reading this, please schedule regular eye exams for your child(ren) to avoid vision problem in school, which may impair their performance in school and in sports.
Back to Yiu Yiu, the optometrist recommended that she starts wearing glasses, so that she doesn’t need to strain her eyes when looking at the blackboard in school. We shortlisted these two frames – actually she chose the pink one and I asked her to consider the purple one. No prize for guessing which one we ended buying J
And now I present to you, the bespectacled Yiu Yiu…