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Learn more about the serious, increasing risks of myopia and what you should know to put your child on the path to better eye health.
Myopia is an
to your child’s vision
Children are more at risk than ever before. Thankfully, your Eye Care Practitioner has never been more empowered to do something about it. Myopia, also called nearsightedness, causes blurry distance vision. It means more than just stronger, thicker glasses. Myopia can get worse as kids grow, increasing the risk of serious eye diseases.
What is myopia?
Myopia happens when the normal eye grows too long from front to back
Light rays have trouble reaching the right spot on the back of the eye (the retina) to achieve clear distance vision.
What causes myopia?
There is a 25% chance a child will develop myopia if one parent is myopic. That number jumps to 50% if both are myopic.1
LESS TIME OUTDOORS
Myopia prevalence increased 3x in young children during 2020
INCREASED SCREEN TIME
Children spending 7+ hours a week on digital devices face 3x the risk of developing myopia.3
Regular glasses do not slow down the progression of myopia. In fact, they can contribute to myopia.4
There are NO safe levels of myopia3
There are risks no matter the extent
of myopia (Mild, Moderate, High)*
- We do not know which child will progress to what degree
- Each diopter increase can have a significant impact
- The impact can occur anywhere—in low to high myopia ranges
- Earlier intervention may be ideal, but any intervention is a potential benefit
Short-term impact to performance in:
Long-term health consequences:3
- Early-onset cataracts
- Retinal detachment
Ask your eye care professional about managing your child’s myopia today
Tips to help slow progression
Increase outdoor time
At least 90 minutes a day.
Limit screen time
Cut the number of hours your child spends on digital devices
Follow the 20-20-20 rule
Every 20 minutes, have your child take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away.
Myopia treatment options
Daytime contact lenses
Overnight contact lenses
Specially designed glasses
Prescription eye drops
Today, there are evidence-based interventions for the management of your child’s myopia. Ask your eye care practitioner for more information on what may be best for your child.