Singapore Optometric Association

CoEH Community Eye Health Movement

Johnson and Johnson Vision Care (JJV) is collaborating with SNEC and SOA to develop a next-generation, patient-centric and experiential eye health ecosystem called “Community Eye Health (CoEH)” project.

Due to the significant increase in risk for vision impairment through ocular pathologies associated with high myopia. Singapore is often labelled as the ‘myopia capital of the world.’ It is projected that by 2050, 80-90% of all Singaporeans over 18 years of age will be myopic.2

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The Community Eye Health Program (CoEH)

Current public capacity cannot meet the demand of eye care needs. Due to the high demand, the government is spending more to build community eye clinics. Additionally public eye health literacy is low; to the public, myopia is common and does not impact eye health.

To solve such a complex and longstanding problem, private-public partnerships are required to transform the eye health ecosystem in Singapore. CoEH will optimize eye care in Singapore by maximising resources that are currently under-utilised – community optometric practices, where

Government hospitals will refer patients to private practices. Any eye conditions detected that require treatment or further investigation will be referred back to the hospitals. This will reduce the waiting time significantly for appropriate eyecare and patients will have the ease and convenience of visiting a nearby community optometrist for their primary eye care needs.

Currently, a pilot phase is underway involving SNEC Myopia Centre and up to 20 community based optometrists. JJV continues its role and commitment to help facilitate the partnerships, provide resources such as practice tools, education and public education regarding the importance of eye health. There will be a Myopia Management course planned in the first half of 2021. A global myopia management guide was launched in Jan 2021 which was jointly developed and endorsed by the SOA, American Optometric Association and American Academy of Optometry.


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