Myopia or ‘shortsightedness’ is a condition which causes distant objects to
become blurred and out of focus. More and more children are becoming
myopic and it starting at an earlier age. In 1983 the average age of onset was
11years old whereas in 2000 it was 8 years old. It caused by a process of the
eye continuing to grow beyond the optimal shape and size.
Causes of myopia;
Treating myopia early can slow the progression which may reduce the
potential of future eye health issues.
Glasses to treat the myopia will give clear vision back to the child but has little
effect on the progression.
But specialist contact lenses have been proven to slow the progression in
children as young as 8 years old. Though the thought of fitting contact lenses
at this age may seem a little young, early intervention will give the best
outcomes. Children are often less concerned about contact lenses then adults.
There is also usually a concern over the greater possibility of infection, but
research has shown this to not be the case.
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