In today’s article, learn more about myopia in children and methods to prevent vision impairment from emerging at early ages.
What Is Myopia?
Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is a vision condition that causes difficulty seeing things or objects from afar.
According to a study, myopia affects nearly 90% of Asian children. Typically, myopia in kids can start at an early age and progress throughout their childhood and teenage years.
Causes of Myopia Progression
A few reasons behind the progression of myopia in children might be:
- Excessive use of digital devices
- Prolonged near-focused tasks
- Lack of outdoor activities and sunlight
Risk Factors of Myopia
Some experts believe that nearsightedness runs in the family, and children may be at greater risk of being nearsighted if their parents have myopia. Moreover, Asians are more likely to have shortsightedness compared to other races.
Signs & Symptoms of Myopia
Other than difficulty seeing objects in the distance, your children may be myopic if they show any of the signs below:
- They squint their eyes to see things.
- They complain about not being able to see the blackboard at school.
- They need to move closer to see things better.
There are a few easy tips you can try to control and slow down the progression of myopia in your children. They include:
- Reduce screen time
- Encourage them to join outdoor activities
- Schedule regular eye examinations
How To Treat Myopia?
Myopia can progress, possibly to blindness if left undiagnosed and untreated. Besides the constant inconvenience of wearing glasses or contact lenses, having myopia also increases the risk of developing various eye diseases later in life, such as glaucoma and retinal tears/detachment.
If your children show severe symptoms of myopia, schedule an eye screening for them as soon as possible. The doctor will conduct vision tests to evaluate their eyes and prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses, or Ortho-K lenses to correct their vision. If progressive myopia is suspected, he will also take specific measurements to keep track of the progression and prescribe Atropine drops.
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