Segamat Paediatric Eye Disease Study (SEGPAEDS)
26 October 2015, Monday- Segamat Paediatric Eye Disease Study (SEGPAEDS) is a collaborative study between the Ministry of Health, Malaysia and the South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO)/Monash University. This study involved a total of 1,300 students from 46 kindergartens, for instance, "Tabika Kemas", "Tabika Perpaduan", and private kindergartens around the Segamat area. The paediatric ophthalmologist and optometrist from Hospital Kuala Lumpur eye department used this opportunity to study the causes of visual impairment in this unique cohort of children in our country, looking at vision and other eye abnormalities between the ages of 4-6 years.
They established the eye study to understand visual impairment, refractive errors (lazy eyes) and strabismus (squints). After they analysed the preliminary data, there is a need to screen the pre-schoolers in all kindergartens aged four years old.
Pre-school years are the time for development and correction of a child's vision which carries through the rest of their life. Cautionary measures will help ensure that the eye develops during these years and provide a good "head start" for the school-going years. The study received media attention and has been published in the local newspapers.