Myopia Awareness – Be an Eye Spy

9th May 2024
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Myopia, also known as short-sightedness or near-sightedness, is surging globally, especially among children. Studies reveal a startling trend: myopia rates have doubled in kids within just one generation [1]. Currently, over one-third of the world’s population grapples with myopia, a figure projected to skyrocket to 50% by 2050 [2].

Deciphering Myopia

Myopia occurs when the eyeball elongates excessively, resulting in blurry vision when focusing on distant objects. While typically diagnosed in children aged 10 to 12, there’s a disturbing trend of earlier onset, increasing the risk of severe short-sightedness known as high myopia. Myopia is progressive, with the eye continuing to grow until approximately age 20.

Activities that encourage the use of short and long sight are excellent for eyesight health

The Driving Forces Behind Myopia’s Surge

Although genetics play a role, environmental factors are major contributors to the myopia boom.

Modern lifestyles, dominated by indoor activities and prolonged screen time, hinder natural eye growth.

Reduced outdoor exposure and limited natural light exacerbate the problem.

Empowering Prevention

Take proactive steps to curb myopia’s advance:

  • Schedule comprehensive eye exams for children before school starts and maintain regular check-ups to catch myopia early.
  • Encourage outdoor activities for at least one to two hours daily during preschool and primary school years to promote healthy eye development.
  • Acknowledge familial risk factors, as myopia is more likely if one or both parents are affected.

Our Pledge to Your Vision

At L&F Eyecare, we prioritise preventive care and early intervention. Our comprehensive eye tests detect myopia early, enabling tailored treatments to slow its progression and minimise future complications. Standard glasses may not suffice, so we offer specialised interventions to meet individual needs.

Book Your Appointment Now

Empower your child’s vision health—schedule an appointment with L&F Eyecare today. Our dedicated team ensures personalised care and guides you through suitable treatment options for lifelong vision preservation. Take action now for a brighter tomorrow!