What can you do as a parent now?

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Author: Jason Higginbotham
BSc (Hons) MCOptom Prof Cert Glau Prof Cert Med Ret Prof Cert LV FBDO MBCLA

Lifestyle changes to support myopia management

The key is that myopia management is a holistic approach. Apart from the therapies prescribed by clinicians, there are many things that you, as a parent, can do to help minimise the causative factors of myopia and reduce the risks to long-term vision. 

 

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What can you do now?

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Get them outdoors! Many studies show that time outdoors has a strong protective effect against the onset of myopia.

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Spend less time on smart phones, tablets, computers and even reading or doing homework (lots of cheering kids).

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Increase the distance you hold smart phones, computers and reading from your eyes. 

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Improve the lighting in your child’s room, especially when performing near tasks.

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Improve ventilation in your child’s room – this goes without saying for teenagers! 

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Improve sleep patterns. Studies are showing that better sleep patterns can have an effect on lowering rates of myopia

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Longer breaks between reading, screens and writing. Also, engage in activities involving looking into the distance whenever possible.  Use the 20/20/2 rule - for every 20 minutes of close work your child does, ask them to take a 20-second break looking into the distance and make sure your child spends at least 2 hours per day outside.