Toddlers With Myopia: Eyewear And
Like all refractive errors, myopia (also known as nearsightedness) is typically managed by wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. These lenses correct the refractive error by bending (refracting) light correctly as it enters your eyes, which then sending signals to your brain so that it can process the things you see. This ultimately results in clear, sharp vision.
When it comes to children with myopia, their vision needs are different from adults. Our youngest patients have unique needs that deserve special care and attention with a gentle approach. Rebecca St. Jean, O.D. and Elicia Miller, O.D. treats pediatric patients from all over South Charleston, West Virginia, giving parents relief and top-quality vision care for their little ones.
How Kids’ Myopia Impacts Their Future
Myopia is one of the most common vision problems around the world and it is on the rise. Did you know that 75% of children are diagnosed between 3 and 12 years old? Once these young kids enter school, managing their condition becomes even more critical, and the effects of their vision problems don’t always end in childhood. Often, the long-term impact of the condition isn’t obvious until later in life.
If left untreated, it can get worse over time. The kid with nearsightedness can, as an adult, develop more serious eye conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or even retinal detachment. The US National Library of Medicine considers myopia “one of the leading causes of functional blindness in the world”.
With the rapid growth of myopia in children, kids are beginning to wear glasses at increasingly younger ages. The earlier myopia starts and is diagnosed, the sooner corrective lenses are likely to be recommended. Virtually every designer and eyewear company has a collection for toddlers and young children in order to fill this growing need. With the global rise of early myopia, this trend is likely to continue.
How Can I Control My Child’s Myopia?
Despite the bleak situation, there is hope. Rebecca St. Jean, O.D. and Elicia Miller, O.D. has the right skills, experience, and advanced medical technology to control your child’s myopia effectively. The goal is to slow down the progression of the condition, which prevents it from getting worse.
The doctor recommends several ways to achieve this:
- Prescription eyewear to provide visual clarity
- Regular eye exams to check visual health and detect prescription changes
- General monitoring of your children’s nearsightedness over time
All of this allows the doctor to stay on top of any changes to your child’s myopia, however minor they may be.
If your toddler frequently bumps into things or holds objects very close to their face, talk to us about a consultation. It may be time for eyewear to correct their blurry vision. We’ll work together to ensure your child has the best options for clearer vision.