Kids and Myopia
In the past few months, most of us (adults and kids) have been working, learning and preoccupying ourselves at home. We are spending a lot more time with near work. This is especially a big shift in environment for our kids.
Spending more time with close work, including electronic hand-held devices, computer games and reading, puts our kids at a higher risk of developing myopia (or short-sightedness).
Kids who are short-sighted can be managed with glasses and contact lenses.
These days with a world full of technology, our kids are becoming short-sighted earlier than before, with their eyeballs growing quickly.
Their eye health needs to be monitored regularly as they are at a higher risk of eye diseases, including cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma.
Signs to look out for myopia include:
- Board becoming blurry or hard to see.
- Moving close to TV
- Reduced performance at school
- Complaints of headaches
- Tired eyes
- Squinting or screwing eyes up.
If your kids are complaining or you notice more than 1 of these signs in your kids’ visual behaviour, book your kids in for an eyetest!