Myopia is on the rise in populations all over the world. So much so that new studies have predicted that by 2050, it will affect half of the world’s population.
While it was for a long time believed to be the result of genetics (if you have myopia, your kid would be more likely to develop it as well), new studies¹ have brought to light the importance of lifestyle and specifically insufficient time spent outdoors as a risk factor for myopia progression in children.
Myopia is progressive, meaning it can worsen every year, so you should monitor your child’s vision properly with regular check–ups with your eye–care professional, but also by being on the lookout for symptoms at home.
Watching out for symptoms of myopia in your children is the first step to detecting myopia at home.
How can you recognize the symptoms of myopia in children?
The first step to recognizing its symptoms is to understand what myopia is.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is when you can’t clearly distinguish objects or writing in the distance.
As a result, far–away things appear blurry, while close–by objects can be clear.
This is caused by an elongated eyeball shape, which prevents the light entering the eye from focusing on the retina correctly, blurring far–away sight.
It is a progressive issue, so it is essential to watch out for symptoms during childhood, when it has been shown that the eye continues to grow, potentially progressing myopia.
If your child tells you that they can’t see objects clearly from a certain distance or doesn’t distinguish their details, then this is a symptom of myopia.
Poor vision can lead to shorter attention spans in school, as your children can’t concentrate on a classroom board properly, have difficulties reading, and therefore struggle to pay attention for an extended period of time. So be on the lookout for signs of difficulties concentrating or studying, which could indicate an eye issue.
If you notice your child rubbing their eyes often or complaining about aches behind their eyeballs, this could be eye strain or fatigue symptoms.
If you believe your child has myopia symptoms, there are several things to do.
During their childhood, you should schedule an eye exam every year to ensure that your child’s vision isn’t developing any specific issues and is progressing healthily. If, however, you notice some of the symptoms listed above before their annual exam, make sure to go in early and check it with your eye–care professional. If they have developed myopia or any eye–sight issue, your eye–care professional will then be able to advise you on the best course of action, such as Diffusion Optics Technology™ (DOT) spectacle lenses.
Diffusion Optics Technology™ (DOT) lenses are corrective lenses aimed at managing contrast to manage myopia. Indeed, as high contrast has been linked to myopia, Diffusion Optics Technology™ (DOT) lenses scatter the light entering the eye, softening contrast. This has been clinically shown² to help reduce myopia progression in children aged 6–10.
Myopia can be a progressive issue, especially during childhood when the body is still growing. So be on the lookout for signs of eyesight issues in your kids by knowing the symptoms to watch out for at home and scheduling regular exams with their eye–care professionals. If your children do develop myopia, inquire about Diffusion Optics Technology™ (DOT) lenses to help manage its progression throughout the years!
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