What is Nearsightedness?
Nearsightedness occurs when the eyes continue to growth as the entire body grows. This causes blurred distance vision and tends to get worse. Children sometimes don’t notice a gradual decline until the teacher and the board become so blurred that it affects learning. It’s more important than ever to schedule your child’s eye and vision exam in preschool. We can’t rely on school vision testing to catch this.
Scientists know nearsightness is controlled by genetics, but we now know it is also from a lack of outdoor play in natural light at early ages. A recent study proved that increasing outdoor play in Kindergarden and first grade can significantly reduce the risk of this happening. Interestingly, it was not the fact that kids are using computers more, as we suspected, but it was the fact that they use computers INDOORS, in smaller spaces with artificial light. In the world, nearsightedness is an increasing public health issue, causing billions of dollars in increased medical costs and lack of productivity. Now we know we can do something. This is the most important breakthrough in my career.
Myopia control in children
A recent British study stressed the importance of outdoor play for young kids, and advised an eye exam prior to entering school. It is important that we catch myopic changes as soon as possible. Once it begins we can slow it down by over 70% using a combination of medical eye drops and contact lenses. This can prevent dependence on increasingly thick glasses, contact lenses, and the need for LASIK eye surgery. It can also reduce the risk of glaucoma and retinal diseases.
Steps parents and teachers can take include encouraging outdoor activities on a regular basis, reduced screen time with frequent breaks, blue light protection for the screen, and early eye exams by age five.
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