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Myopia? What is that exactly?

Updated: May 8, 2022

Myopia. I suspect you've heard of the more common name, short sightedness. 'Short-sightedness' or 'nearsightedness' are the common terms for myopia - a common eye condition that makes distance vision blurry. It usually starts in childhood and gets progressively worse until the child stops growing.

By the year 2050, it is estimated that HALF the world's population will suffer from Myopia. That's 5 billion people. If left untreated, myopia can lead to lasting vision problems.

What causes myopia?

There are two main factors which can mean your child is more at risk of developing myopia - genetics and lifestyle

Myopia in children increases when parents are myopic, raising the risk by up to 50%

Research shows that more time spent on near-work activities is associated with greater likelihood of myopia.

What can i do?

Regular eye examinations for young children are important to identify and treat myopia early. This may help to reduce the final prescription and the potential risk for future eye health issues.

Innovative contact lenses are now available, plus new spectacle lens technology that help manage the myopia, with an efficacy of around 60% on average.

Intervention is key and it's best to start as soon as possible. We are accredited to help manage myopia in your child.

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