Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Eyes Have It
I think in the US pediatricians might do these functions at well child visits? In any case, that is not so in Singapore. Well child visits take about 10 minutes and are mostly just about shots (and not covered by insurance). Pursuing the other elements of your child's well-being, like developmental progress beyond very obvious stuff (like the baby isn't walking at 18 months or something), has to be done on a proactive basis by the parents.
So I have to keep on top of all appropriate developmental milestones (physical, social, intellectual, etc.), pay careful attention to her hearing abilities, and just today, take her to the optometrist for her first eye exam (at least since she was a tiny infant). Luckily her vision is fine.
It is kind of tiring keeping track of all this stuff though. I also wonder how other parents manage, who don't have the time, resources, and education that I do. I suppose the answer is that they don't. If they're lucky, their kids don't have problems; if they're not, the kids' development is just permanently damaged. Guess they shouldn't have been poor! (This is sarcasm for those literal readers.)
This is one of the (many) reasons Singapore has a pretty stratified society. (It's one of the most stratified places in the developed world.)