Myopia is the inability to see things clearly, unless they’re relatively close to your eyes. Commonly referred to as nearsightedness or shortsightedness, myopia is the most common vision issue among children and young adults. Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long from front to back, causing light to come to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it. Most changes in the eye due to myopia occur from ages 6 to 16, when the eye can start growing out of focus, and usually progress rapidly. Early intervention with myopia treatment can slow, or even stop, the progression of your child’s myopia.
Glasses only compensate for your child’s blurry distance vision. They don’t stop their vision from continuing to deteriorate. Higher levels of myopia significantly increase your child’s risks for serious eye diseases, like retinal disease and glaucoma. Early intervention is key to slowing or even stopping the progression of myopia in your child.