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Myopia Series (Part 1 of 6)

What is Myopia?

“Short-sightedness” is a medical condition called “Myopia” that results in difficulty in seeing distant objects clearly e.g. writing on a whiteboard in the classroom, and is also linked to long term eye disease. It is a silent disease that affects millions of people which parents should take more seriously than they do.

It typically develops in childhood and the recent Covid crisis and lockdowns have meant a sharp rise in cases throughout the world, including here in the UK.

There are already over a billion people worldwide who are myopic, and it is estimated that 50% of the world’s population will be myopic by 2050.

Myopia is a condition identified by the WHO (World Health Organisation) as a potential cause of blindness.

Luckily, recent advancements have produced several options that are proven to manage and often stabilise the myopia in our children:

  1. Spectacles for myopia management (normal specs but with special lenses)
  1. Night Lenses for myopia management (a contact lens worn while you sleep)
  1. Day lenses for myopia management (a contact lens worn during the day)

Encouraging better visual hygiene for your children can be as beneficial to their eyes as regular brushing of their teeth can be for helping keep tooth decay at bay.

Limit your child’s time using their screens (and discourage them from holding it too close to their eyes) and encourage increased outdoor time (which gives their eyes more time to focus further away) as these lifestyle changes are proven to help stabilise myopia.

Click here to read more about myopia.

Click here to watch a short video about myopia.

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