Is Your Child At Risk Of Developing Myopia (Becoming Short Sighted)?

Is Your Child At Risk Of Developing Myopia (Becoming Short Sighted)?

Written by Shannon Smith on .

Myopia is when you have blurry long distance vision and is also known as being short- sighted. 

When you have myopia you can generally see well for reading but have more trouble when you are driving or watching tv or looking at the blackboard at school.

Myopia is when you have blurry long distance vision and is also known as being short- sighted.  When you have myopia you can generally see well for reading but have more trouble when you are driving or watching tv or looking at the blackboard at school.

As you can imagine having myopia isn’t fun especially when you can’t see what the teacher is writing on the board and we are seeing that more and more children are developing myopia.  Unfortunately myopia does often get worse over the years and higher levels of myopia are associated with serious eye problems when you are an adult.

Did you know?

  • Myopia can be associated with lots of intense near work especially spending time on ipads and screen
  • If there is a family history of myopia, your children are at higher risk of becoming myopic themselves
  • Spending time outdoors during daylight hours may protect against progression of myopia
  • Wearing glasses that are not correct or too weak may actually cause myopia to progress
  • Over the last 15 years myopia has increased from 20% to 31% in 17 years olds.

If your child is having problems with their vision the only way to be sure that everything is OK is to book an appointment with Shannon for a comprehensive eye examination.  It is important for all children to have their eyes examined from an early age to make sure that they have the necessary vision and visual skills needed to do well at school.
At Outlook Eye Centre, we bulk bill all initial consultations to Medicare for children.

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