You might have noticed that the Your Eyes Optician team is passionate about your family’s eye health!
We dedicate each and every day to ensuring that you and your little ones have access to the best professional advice and the most up to date (and fashionable) specs and lenses.
We love what we do and we hope that comes across in our regular blogs and social media messages!
So, let’s get serious for five minutes. By reading this short blog on myopia you could make a massive difference to your family’s vision.
What is MYOPIA?
For starters, don’t panic, it’s simply the technical term for short-sightedness which is blurry long-distance vision. Myopia happens when the shape of the eyeball changes causing light to focus in front of the retina instead of on it which leads to distant objects appearing blurry.
Considering we’re all aware that short-sightedness is a fairly common condition you may think there’s no need to worry but unfortunately myopia in children is a growing global problem.
Myopia generally presents itself at school age but sometimes its progression is missed in young children.
What to look out for:
- You may notice that your little one struggles to watch television unless they’re sitting up close
- They may have issues reading the black/whiteboard at school
- They may squint or close one eye to read more easily
- They might also complain of frequent headaches and you might catch them rubbing their eyes.
This behaviour may have a negative impact on educational achievement and self-esteem so it’s worth keeping track of any worrying symptoms. And of course, if you’ve any questions we’re here to help and reassure!
What causes Myopia?
In simple terms myopia in children is caused by the eyeball growing too quickly in childhood. This can happen for various reasons, like environment and genetics. However, reports show that behavioural and environmental factors are playing a larger role than ever in the progression of myopia. Our children are spending much more time looking at screens, whether that’s playing games on their mobile phone or tablet or doing homework on their laptop. Even toddlers are better versed than most grown ups on the latest hand-held tech!
Did you know..that a child with one short-sighted parent is 3 times more likely to develop myopia?
How you can help
You’ll be glad to hear that the solutions are simple! For starters, check out this easy online myopia assessment: https://www.mykidsvision.org/en-us/Survey
When you were young you no doubt spent a lot more time outdoors than your own children currently do.
We’re not going to get into the reasons why children spend less time outdoors but we will encourage you to get your family outside!
Exposure to outdoor light for even 60 minutes a day can work wonders, whether that’s running about in the garden, going out for a cycle or visiting the local park for a runabout. By getting into the great outdoors (and we have a lot of it in Cumbria!), your kids will easily train their eyes and reduce their chances of developing myopia simply by looking far into the distance – amazing, right?!
Finally, talk to the experts (that’s us!). By making regular check-ups from a young age (every couple of years at least) we can help identify/prevent/treat vision problems. Consider eye tests like you do dental check-ups by making them a normal aspect of your family’s health.
If you’ve any questions do not hesitate to get in touch with us by telephoning 016973 22285 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org