Myopia is a widespread vision problem and is becoming more common in children. It’s more commonly known as “near-sightedness”, when objects appear clearer up close.
Research studies suggest that too much “screen time” contributes to the increased number of children struggling with myopia. During childhood, the eyes are still growing and developing. Parents should encourage more outside playtime to possibly slow the progression of myopia in their children.
One of the most important things a parent can do is to schedule regular eye exams with their eye doctor. Even pediatricians and school screenings can miss eye problems in children. Your local eye doctor can catch certain eye problems early on, which allows parents to be proactive in their child’s eye care.
Knowing what symptoms to look for can help a child receive timely and adequate care for their eyes:
- Squinting to see things at a distance (classroom board or TV)
- Frequent headaches
- Holding objects, such as books, close to see them better
Comprehensive eye exams are essential to your child’s health. Then getting the right lenses that are corrective and allow the child to see more clear will give them a greater confidence both in the classroom and out.
Be sure to ask your eye doctor about the types of lenses to use that are durable for the active lifestyle of children. Giving your child the gift of seeing clearer is one of life’s greatest rewards.