Published on September 1, 2021
Myopia is a visual problem that affects your ability to see faraway objects or images clearly. This occurs when the cornea is too curved, or the eye is elongated and refracts light incorrectly on the eyeball.
The eye undergoes rapid growth during childhood. It slows down in adolescence when physical development slows down. Kids who develop nearsightedness early during 6-8 years have more time ahead for their eyes to grow at a fast rate. In effect, this boosts their myopia progression. In contrast, kids who become myopic later, from 12 years and beyond, will have a slow myopia progression.
An eye doctor will identify whether your child is likely predisposed to myopia. If confirmed, myopia control should be initiated immediately to retard the lengthening of the eye as the child grows.
Read on for further insight.
Chances are that your younger child may not be aware of vision conditions like myopia. Changes in their vision may happen even without you noticing it. The burden of responsibility falls with the parent. Take your child for routine comprehensive eye tests.
This may help with early diagnosis and treatment. Because genetic predisposition also causes myopia, an eye doctor may identify whether a child is at a higher risk of being myopic, especially when the parent is also myopic.
The stages of myopia include:
After early diagnosis, your eye doctor will advise you on an effective myopia treatment program for your child's healthy eyesight.
Early myopia control will help your child avoid serious eye problems in the future, including:
Does your child squint when reading or seeing things from a distance? Let's have a look at it together at DAU Family Eye Care. Visit us at our St. Johns, Florida offices, or call us at 904-713-2020 to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye test for your kid.