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Myopia, also known as short-sightedness, is an eye health issue that every parent should be aware of. Over one-third of the world’s population has myopia, and this could increase to 50% by 2050. Whether you suspect that your child is myopic or you have little to no knowledge of the condition, My Kids Vision is a free online resource helping you to support your child and manage their vision.
Babies & Toddlers
What is Myopia
Myopia, often called short-sightedness or near-sightedness, is a condition of the eyes that results in blurry long-distance vision. A person with myopia can see clearly up close, such as when reading a book or looking at a phone, while distant objects like store signs or television screens may appear blurry or hard to read.
Higher levels of myopia are associated with a higher risk of eye disease in adulthood, so it’s important to monitor your child’s eye health and ensure that any symptoms of myopia are checked by an eye care professional.
Special types of corrective glasses or contact lenses are the usual course of action to treat myopia in children. They should be used alongside implementing changes to your child’s habits and daily activities to slow down the worsening of the condition.
About My Kids Vision
Developed by eye care professionals and scientific researchers Dr Paul and Dr Kate Gifford, My Kids Vision is a free online tool that helps parents to assess and manage myopia risks for their children.
While working on Myopia Profile, a clinical and scientific website to assist eye care professionals in managing children with myopia, Paul and Kate recognised the need for a dedicated resource aimed at parents, guiding them through the steps of myopia diagnosis and controlling progression.
My Kids Vision aims to help parents to better understand myopia and its impact on daily life, giving them all the tools and resources they need to support their children’s healthy visual development in one place.
What is myopia control and why it’s important
Myopia causes blurred vision, affects quality of life and risks eye health. Myopia control gives kids better vision now and healthier eyes in the long term.
Which is the best option for myopia control?
Myopia control options include specific types of spectacles, soft contact lenses, ortho-k and atropine eye drops. The best option will depend on many factors.
All about contact lenses
Contact lenses are an alternative to spectacles for correcting vision and becoming an increasingly used option for slowing myopia progression in kids and teens.