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Short-Sightedness (Myopia) in Children

Short-Sightedness (Myopia) in Children


Short-Sightedness (known as Myopia) is when your child see's near objects clearly but things in the distance are blurry. Myopia in children is increasing rapidly in Australia and globally. In fact, in the last 6 years myopia in 12 year old's in Australia has doubled. If your child complains of squinting, eye strain or other notable signs such as struggling to see the board at school, it is a good idea to book them in as soon as possible. 

Children should be having an eye check before they start school, and every two years after then. If your child presents signs of early myopia, our optometrists will implement control methods and check their eyes every six months until they show signs of stability. 

What are some causes of Myopia? 

A change in lifestyle patterns over the past decade has shown an increased frequency of indoor activities (a lack of natural light and using their distance vision outdoors), increased number of near vision tasks at school (increase in homework, reading and writing) and increase in digitalisation (increase screen time on smart devices). Genetics also play a role, if one or both parents are myopic the chances of your child being myopic are increased. Studies show myopia was less present in children who spend a lot more time outdoors.  

What can be done to control Myopia? 

Having regular eye tests and following methods implemented by our optometrists is essential in slowing down the progression of myopia. 

Whilst their are several methods on the market including contact lenses, drops and lenses, Sturdee Eyes is among the first accredited optometrists to be able to prescripe the MiyoSmart Myopia Control Lens by Hoya.

Want to chat further about myopia in children? 

For your peace of mind, book a bulk-billed eye test with one of our optometrists to chat about myopia control, test your childrens eyes and address any concerns or questions you may have.   

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