What Do I Do About My Child’s Nearsightedness?
Rest assured, there are at least three scientifically evidenced ways to help your child who is struggling to see the board at school. These are written without order of preference or efficacy:
Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness, meaning it is more than a problem of blurry distance vision. There are actually changes in the eye structure itself putting the child at greater risk of eye disease in later adulthood.
Children with myopia have an overall longer eyeball compared to someone without any eyeglass prescription. A longer eyeball means parts of the eye are stretched thinner and weakened. Depending on the degree of myopia or nearsightedness, this stretching of the eyeball can have damaging results.
The myopia epidemic is on the rise. More children are becoming nearsighted at younger ages. By the year 2050, it is estimated that 50% of the world will be myopic based on current trends 1 . Luckily, we
have more access to useful information and research than ever. Parents are no longer stuck with just giving their children stronger eyeglasses each year. Take action now and protect your child’s vision health.
1. Holden BA, Fricke TR, Wilson DA, Jong M, Naidoo KS, Sankaridurg P, Wong TY, Naduvilath TJ, Resnikoff S, Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050, Ophthalmology, May 2016 Volume 123, Issue 5, Pages 1036-1042.