Myopia also known as shortsightedness, is rapidly increasing around the world.
In 2000 it affected 27% of the population of Western Europe and by 2020 it had risen to 37%.
Myopia tends to get worse as we grow and the younger it starts the higher it can become.
High Myopia results in permanent spectacle/contact lens wear and high myopes are at risk of certain eye conditions such as retinal detachments.
Recent scientific breakthroughs now allow us to manage myopia like we have never been able to before.
By acting early, we may be able to dramatically reduce the severity of short-sightedness in children and young adults. This can be done by using special contact lenses and/or spectacles.
Speak to one of our Optometrists if your child is:
- already short sighted
- is under 16 years old
- is a student in full-time study
- spends less than 1.5 hours outside every day
- spends more than 2 hours reading or using handheld digital devices daily (outside of school)
- Has one or more parents who are short-sighted (although 1 in 4 people are myopic even if neither parent is)
If any of the above applies to you, or if you just want to be certain you are taking the best care of your child's eyes, then our Optometrists will happily discuss it further.