Myopia, also referred to as nearsightedness, is an increasingly common vision problem that affects up to 30% of Canadians. Though there is no cure for myopia, recent studies have suggested that there are ways to control it in children and teens.
Our team at Queensway Optometric Centre has extensive experience with managing myopia. Prolonging a myopia diagnosis may allow the condition to worsen. Help us control this ocular condition before it gets out of hand by scheduling an eye exam for your child.
For you to see clearly, light needs to land on the retina, where visual data is sent to your optic nerve, which transmits this data to your brain. Being nearsighted means that your eye bends light into a focal point before the retina, causing distant objects to appear blurry while close-up objects remain clear.
Genetics plays a role in your child’s chance of developing myopia. Monitoring your child’s vision as they mature is the first step to keeping their sight sharp. Recent studies have shown that external factors like exposure to sunlight can affect a child’s eye development. Constant vigilance and routine children’s eye exams are the best way to spot myopia before it progresses.
While it is true that myopia usually accelerates during the teenage years, it does not necessarily have to get worse as time passes. With an early diagnosis and the employment of some control methods, our eye doctors can help stabilize myopia. At Queensway Optometric Centre, we can evaluate your child’s vision and provide solutions designed to slow down nearsightedness progression.
We may suggest multifocal contact lenses to control myopia in children. Multifocal contact lenses are specialty lenses that have different prescriptions on different areas of the lens. This allows the lens to correct your child’s nearsightedness while reducing eye strain. Book a contact lens exam to explore this corrective solution further.
Wearing eyeglasses with the right lenses can curb the effect myopia has on vision. The optical industry has been developing specialty lenses in recent years that help correct errors associated with nearsightedness. Ask our eyewear experts about lens options that will further protect your child’s vision.
Myopia can often get worse as a child gets older, so it’s best if spotted early. Especially considering that those with high myopia have also been found to be more predisposed to serious eye problems like early cataracts and even detached retinas.
Early diagnosis allows our eye doctors to build a corrective strategy with your child. Once we know that a patient is nearsighted, it becomes much easier to manage their vision and control their myopia. So make sure your whole family is getting regular annual eye exams.
A common way we can help manage myopia progression is with atropine therapy. Low-dose atropine eye drops have been shown to reduce myopia, and can simply be applied to both eyes at least once a day for a prescribed period of time.
Children are not always aware they have a vision problem, or they may not be able to articulate if they are. You can help your child by watching for some telltale signs and booking a children’s eye exam with us at Queensway Optometric Centre.
Ask your child’s school teacher if your young one needs to sit close to the blackboard to see or if they are constantly squinting their eyes during class.
Pay attention to their habits while they do everyday things. If they squint or complain of headaches while reading or doing homework, they may have a vision problem.
These tips are not a substitute for a comprehensive children’s eye exam. It is essential you bring your child in for an examination if you think they are displaying increasing signs of nearsightedness. Our optometrists have a deep understanding of myopia and how to control it.
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