Optometry

Related to optometry and opticianry and other matters pertaining to measurement of short-sightedness / long-sightedness, prescription of vision-corrective aids like spectacles and contact lenses.

SNEC acquires new laser amidst competitive Lasik market

The Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) announced, 17 Nov 2008, the acquisition and commissioning of a new laser system for its Lasik eye surgery services. The new generation VisuMax Femtosecond laser from Carl Zeiss is the latest addition to its existing IntraLase and Femtec lasers used for creating the corneal flap in blade-less Lasik operations.

The SNEC listed the benefits of the new laser as :

  • having less likelihood of side-effects and complications arising from surgery, due to its lower power (1/3 to 1/4 the power of other lasers) and other features;

Polytechnic to offer University of Manchester optometry degree

The Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is collaborating with the University of Manchester to offer a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Optometry degree programme under the Ministry of Education's Foreign Specialised Institution (FSI) framework. The full-time degree course will be taught at the polytechnic's campus located in Singapore by SP lecturers and University of Manchester staff. The programme is customised for SP's optometry diploma graduates, according them a one-year advanced standing and thus completion of the degree in as little as two years.

Optometrists & Opticians Act 2007

In July 2007, the Singapore Parliament passed the Optometrists & Opticians Act to regulate the Optometry and Opticianry industry in Singapore. An Optometrists and Opticians Board was set up to perform this function. The Act was slated to come into force on 1 Jan 2008.

Under the Act, all optometrists and opticians needs to be registered with the Board to continue practising as an optician or optometrist in Singapore. The Board will determine and regulate the conduct and ethics of optometrists and opticians, and issue guidelines on standards of practice.