If so, your child could be Myopic! This is even more likely to be the case if you are myopic.
So what is Myopia and what can be done?
Short-sightedness (myopia), is the eye condition where near objects are clear, but objects farther away are blurred. It is caused by the eye ball growing slightly too long.
The percentage of people who develop myopia is increasing sharply, to the extent where it is now considered an epidemic.
Research currently shows myopia affects around 80 million children around the world, a figure that is set to rise sharply by 2050. The average onset age of myopia is also getting progressively younger; in 1983 it was eleven-years-old, whereas in 2000 it was eight-years-old.
So could your child be Myopic? How do I know?
Find out more by watching the videos below:
Understanding short - sightedness in children
Signs of Myopia
What causes myopia?
How can myopia affect my child?
Vision correction options
So what is the answer?
There are a few options to slow down Myopia but research shows the younger you start on the Myopia control programme, the better the chance of success.
Treatments range from different types of Contact Lenses to Spectacle Lenses. The Optometrist would discuss all the options available at your appointment and would recommend the best one to suit the patient.
To find out more about Myopia, follow the read more in the boxes below. You will also find some very useful links to websites that cover Myopia in more depth.
The next step is to book at appointment with our specialist optometrists. So don’t delay.
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