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Myopia – Living Life Out of Focus

By Essilor Canada

Myopia

Myopia is more common than you think A 2016 study by the University of Waterloo found that the rate of myopia in children aged 6 to 8 was 6 percent; in pre-teens (11 to 13 year olds) it rose to 28.9 percent.

How do I know my child has myopia?

Some signs and symptoms of myopia include headaches, eyestrain, squinting, difficulty seeing distant objects—such as the blackboard, or the TV.

Why is it important to detect the early onset of myopia in your child?

Higher levels of myopia (-5 diopters and above) increases the risk of your children suffering serious eye conditions—which could lead to permanent blindness.

Many young children are using electronic devices today. Does this increase the risk of my child getting myopia?

It’s not about the device. What matters is how kids use these devices, how long they spend on using them, and how much time they spend on near-work overall compared to outdoor activities.

How important are regular check-ups by an optometrist?

It is important for children to have an eye exam at least once every six months.Eyeglasses are the simplest, safest way to correct myopia. Beyond that, we can help slow down myopia progression in children. Myopia control spectacle lenses are a non-invasive, simple, safe solution to help reduce myopia progression. Your eye care professional can prescribe the best solution that will correct and/or manage myopia to help your child.

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