Myopia, or nearsightedness, is one of the most common vision problems in childhood. In fact, about 9% of kids ages 5-17 are nearsighted. Kids with this condition can usually see things close up, but struggle to see things far away. It is often diagnosed around first or second grade when they struggle to see the board in class.
While a diagnosis of myopia might not sound serious, it’s important to treat it with corrective lenses (glasses or contact lenses) as soon as possible. Many parents are surprised when I explain that not doing so can put kids at risk for serious vision-related conditions later in life. Also, blurry vision can cause kids to struggle in school. It’s commonly thought that wearing corrective lenses will make your child’s eyes worse over time. This is not true! Myopia increases when your eyes grow. Wearing corrective lenses just makes it easier to see!
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