Keeping Your Child’s Eyesight in Focus
Myopia is the clinical name for nearsightedness. This refractive error causes distant objects to appear blurry while nearby objects remain clear. The cause of myopia is complex, with recent studies showing that it’s likely a combination of genetics and environmental factors.
Myopia affects nearly 30% of Canadians. It most often develops during childhood and worsens throughout the teenage years as the eye continues to grow. Generally, eyesight will stabilize around age 20.
Myopia is easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. Because children’s eyes are continuously changing, and because undiagnosed and uncorrected eye conditions can be detrimental to their social, academic, and developmental well-being, it’s important to ensure that your child undergoes annual eye exams.