Myopia, often referred to as nearsightedness, is an eye disease in which the eye elongates, causing light to be focused in front of the retina instead of on the retina’s surface. Essentially, your child’s eye is growing too long.
Because the eye elongates and grows with the rest of the body, naturally, it stops elongating once the rest of the body stops growing in early adulthood. This also means there may be times in a child’s development where they experience growth spurts—suddenly requiring a higher prescription due to an increase in their myopia.
It can affect both children and adults, with over 50% of American teenagers being myopic according to this journal.
Here are some ways to recognize the signs and symptoms of myopia in children.
Headaches can be a common system of vision problems, it is important to track how often your child is experiencing symptoms of headaches. Some headaches may be a result of allergy symptoms or pressure changes, but they could also be a direct result of nearsightedness. If your child is experiencing more than one headache per week, do schedule an appointment with an optometrist or pediatrician to try and get your vision checked for myopia.
Excessive eye-watering can also be a symptom of myopia, given that it can result in discomfort in the eyes. If your child experiences consistent and excessive eye-watering, do schedule an appointment with an optometrist to get your vision checked.
If your child is squinting excessively, it might also be a symptom of myopia. This is because humans suffer from myopia squint as a result of changes in the tension of their eye muscles, providing them with brief clarity of vision. Thereby, it should be easy to spot individual suffering from nearsightedness if he or she engages in excessive squinting.
Another glaring symptom to look for if wondering is if your child constantly holds objects closer to their face to see them properly. This is a clear symptom of nearsightedness which may be caused by excessive usage of screen time.
When dealing with a young child that might potentially have myopia, they might often rub their eyes as a sign of discomfort. If you notice that your child excessively and consistently rubs their eyes, it might be a sign to schedule a consultation with the optometrist to have their vision assessed.
You might find your child sitting too close to the TV than they normally do. The most apparent sign that your child may have myopia, especially for older kids, is if they grumble about the images on the TV screen looking unclear or blurry, or if they tell you they have issues reading the words shown on screens.
Treehouse Eyes at Clarendon Vision Development Center in Westmont, IL offers customized contact lenses and special prescription eye drops, and our doctors develop personalized treatment plans for each child. The treatment options include KIDS night-time retainer lenses (also known as ortho-k lenses), daily soft contact lenses, and low-dose atropine drops. Our doctors have been known as myopia management and ortho-k specialists serving Westmont and surrounding communities for almost 20 years. We will be able to determine which treatment plan works the best for your child at the first consultation. Schedule a consultation now to find out more.
You can prevent serious, sight-robbing eye diseases by scheduling your child’s myopia consultation with us today. Visit our online scheduler or call us at 630-323-7300. Help your child’s quality of life improve before your eyes!