Parents FAQ

parents-faq

At Treehouse Eyes, our mission is to provide children with better vision that can last their whole life. We are the first health care practice that is exclusively dedicated to treating myopia in children. Our doctors have helped thousands of children have better vision and also reduce their risks of having serious eye diseases linked to myopia.

What Is Myopia?

Myopia is also known as near-sightedness. It usually starts between the ages of 6 and 12. Myopia is a condition related to vision where long distance vision is blurry but the objects up close are still clear. This happens when the shape of the eye is changed such that it causes the rays of light to bend. As a result, distance vision becomes blurry. This can get worse every year until you reach early adulthood. The higher the level of myopia, the less clear your vision is. Your child would then need to have some form of vision correction to function. In class, it might be hard for them to see the whiteboard if they don’t have any support or help.

Will Myopia Become Worse?

In general, myopia first starts in school-age children. The eye continues to develop in childhood and it usually progresses until the age of 20. However, myopia can also develop in adults due to health conditions or visual stress. The younger the child is when myopia begins, the faster it progresses to higher levels of myopia over time.

Does Screen Time Make Myopia Worse?

Although screen time can be tough to manage for children, especially with virtual learning these days, it has a great impact on the vision of children. School-aged children who spend more than 7 hours per week on computer or mobile games triple the risk of getting myopia.

How Much Time Should Children Spend Outdoors?

Spending time outdoors is crucial for reducing the risk of a child having myopia as well as slowing its progression once the child has myopia. Anywhere from one to three hours of outdoor activity a day will help to protect the child’s eyesight. It is good to spend at least 90 minutes a day outside. Increased time outdoors will slow myopia progression in children and decrease the risk of new myopia onset.

What Should I Do About My Child’s Myopia?

See an eye care professional regularly when your child is young. They will help you manage your child’s myopia. Check if your child is near-sighted and watch out for signs such as squinting to see. Catch near-sightedness early so you can slow the progression. Consider getting treatment options to help your child.

Choose Treehouse Eyes for Myopia Care for Kids

Treehouse Eyes was started with the purpose of giving children better vision for life. We are focused on treating childhood myopia in children. We are committed to being a nurturing 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.