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Myopia Symptoms

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

How to know if your child has myopia

There are a number of signs to look out for, which could be indicators that your child is short-sighted. They may say they are struggling to keep up in school (often because they cannot see the board). They may sit (uncomfortably) close to the TV at home or squint when looking at distant objects. Some children complain of eye strain and headaches, which can be particularly apparent if they play sports. However, sometimes there are no signs, with many youngsters not even realising that their vision is reduced and may not complain of symptoms.

This stresses the importance of an annual eye examination to ensure that myopia is identified. Not only can short term solutions such as glasses be utilised, but longer-term treatment can be considered. If you're concerned that your child may be myopic, consult your optician or find a specialist nearby.

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Look Out For:

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Struggling to see the board at school
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Sitting close to the TV
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Squinting when looking at distant objects or signs when out
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Complaints of tiredness or eye strain
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Headaches
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Causes of Myopia

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Long Term Effects