Preface by Steve H. LEUNG., an optometrist
In Hong Kong, almost every family has one to two members developing visual
problem of myopia (nearsightedness). Wearing of glasses has become part of life
to most of the people, nothing extra-ordinary. Some might think it is an essence
to become myopia as their parents are nearsighted.
However, it is a matter of life-time burden to wear glasses. Have you ever think
about the issue of myopia avoidance?
I am a practicing optometrist with more than 16 years in the field of optics. I
am also nearsighted. Many of my friends and relatives raised the question-- "Why
are there so many myopia in Hong Kong ? (The most severe place elsewhere in the
world) Could you do something to stop that as an optics professional?"
In fact, I have seen many children having myopia over -1.00 when they first come
to my office. Those children who have been wearing glasses for years have
developed worse myopia up to -2.00 or more. Traditionally, most of the parents
of theses children are seeking for quick fix of vision--glasses for all.
They neglect the cause of myopia and ignore the necessity of prevention in the
first place totally. Very few of them have come across the mind of prevention.
Why did not provide children a fighting chance to act upon myopia? Why did not
institute preventative measure at earlier age?
As an optometrist and a father, protection of my own child's innate vision is my
paramount responsibility. None of a myopic parent would like his child to become
his successor of nearsightedness. This is the driving force for me to write the
book and the reason you meet me in the site. In addition, some supportive
parents encouraged me to do this because the good vision of their child as they
followed my advocacy.
I believe that the severity of myopia and the popularity of glasses is because
preventative measure has never been implemented. The role of optics practitioner
Regardless to your refractive status (nearsightedness/farsightedness), I hope
you could have a deep look at the book/ site and think about the issue of
prevention for the own good of your and your child's vision.
1. "You cannot cheat the nature, however much you may cheat your fellow man."
2. " To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a
new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science."
3. " A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and
making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and
a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." Max Planck (量子力學之父--- 勃朗克 )