Clinical studies found that the peak period of shortsightedness (myopia) progression for Chinese children is between the ages of 6-10. As children at these ages rely on their eyesight heavily in their studies, parents should pay extra attention to their visual health.
The protection of our precious vision starts with comprehensive eye examinations. Parents, therefore, must ensure their children receive one on a regular basis, so that preventive measures can be taken to help them keeping eye problems at bay. Myopia, being one of the major visual problems for school children, must be particularly attended to.The protection of our precious vision starts with comprehensive eye examinations. Parents, therefore, must ensure their children receive one on a regular basis, so that steps can be taken towards myopia control and keeping other eye problems at bay. Myopia, being one of the major visual problems for school children, must be particularly attended to.
Why do we have myopia?
This condition arises when the image of distant objects focuses in front of the retina, leading to blurred vision. It happens when:
•One has a longer eye ball or steeper corneal curvature
•One inherits from parents. In general, children whose parents both have myopia are more likely to develop the condition as
•One engages in excessive near work, or lacks outdoor activities 2,3
Why should we prevent myopia?
•With higher myopia, one requires thicker and heavier lenses, which are neither pleasant nor convenient
•When myopia progresses, the retina becomes more fragile and prone to degeneration, tearing or detachment
•Higher myopia is at higher risk of eye problems such as cataract, glaucoma and blindness 4,5
How do you choose the right myopia control treatment?
In Optical88 Professional Eyecare Centre, our optometrists provide wide-ranging visual checkups catering to the condition and needs of your children. The 75-minutes (approximately) Myopia Control Consultation includes professional assessments below:
•Comprehensive eye examination
•Analysis of children’s visual habits and environment to help prevent myopia from further progressing
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2.Mutti DO, Mitchell GL et al. Parental myopia, near work, school achievement, and children’s refractive error. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2002 Dec; 43(12):3633-40.
3.Rose KA, Morgan IG et al. Outdoor activity reduces the prevalence of myopia in children. Ophthalmology 2008 ; 115(8):1279-85.
4.Kubo E, Kumamoto Y et al. Axial length, myopia and the severity of lens opacity at the time of cataract surgery. Arch Ophthalmol 2006 Nov; 124(11):1586-90.
5.Perera SA, Wong TY et al. Refractive error, axial dimensions, and primary open-angle glaucoma: the Singapore Malay eye study. Arch Ophthalmol 2010 Jul; 128(7):900-5.