Myopia is often seen as an expensive inconvenience. However, it is more than that. It is a vision threat too. Blurry vision caused by myopia can be corrected with contact lenses, glasses, or refractive surgery. But you have to know that other than interfering with the child’s success in their daily life, myopia can cause serious complications later in life. Myopia progresses naturally during childhood, so the higher the level of myopia, the higher the risk for any complications. So, you might be wondering, what can you do to help your child with myopia? Read on to find out more about how parents can help children with myopia!
To Help Take Care Of Your Child’s Eyes
Here are some tips you can follow to help take care of your child’s eyes:
• Get eyeglasses or contact lenses. Let your child choose the frames. Polycarbonate lenses or plastic frames are the best for younger children.
• If your child is old enough to wear contact lenses and your eye doctor thinks that it is a good option for them, help your child follow instructions on cleaning and wearing them.
• Go for regular visits to the eye doctor.
• Talk to the eye doctor about controlling myopia. There are treatment options that can help slow down the progression of myopia in children.
• Call the doctor if your child experiences symptoms such as blurry vision, headaches, seeing flashing lights or floating spots, and any loss of vision.
Look For Treatment
Treatment is customized for each child so it might include getting glasses, specialty contact lenses, medicated eye drops, or a combination of options.
Spend Time Outdoors
Spending time outdoors is key to reducing the risk of a child having myopia as well as slowing its progression once the child has myopia. Spending one to three hours outdoors a day will help to protect the child’s eyesight. It is recommended to spend at least 90 minutes a day playing outdoors. When children are exposed to sunlight and look farther off in the distance, it can help to prevent or slow the progression of myopia. Children of all ages, especially the younger ones, should spend as much time outside as they can. The benefit of spending time outside is the same even if your child wears a pair of sunglasses or a hat.
Choose Treehouse Eyes for Myopia Care for Kids
Treehouse Eyes was first established with the purpose of giving children better vision for life. The team at Treehouse Eyes includes the top optometrists and ophthalmologists who are actively engaged in research and clinical practice. They have more than 20 years of experience prescribing treatments for children. We have expanded all across the U.S. and our doctors are focused on treating childhood myopia. We are committed to being a nurturing and positive space for both parents and children.
To find out more about our myopia care and treatments for kids, click here to find your nearest Treehouse Eyes provider and schedule a consultation today.