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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. One of the primary signals is when they express struggles in keeping up with their studies, often attributed to their inability to see the classroom board clearly. Besides academic challenges, you might notice them sitting uncomfortably close to the television at home or squinting when trying to view distant objects.

 

Complaints of eye strain and recurrent headaches could also be noticeable, particularly when engaging in activities such as sports. However, it's essential to acknowledge that some children might not exhibit any apparent signs at all. They may be completely unaware of their reduced vision and might not complain about any related symptoms.

This underscores the utmost importance of scheduling an annual eye examination for your child to promptly identify and address myopia. Early detection not only allows for short-term solutions like eyeglasses but also opens up the possibility of considering more comprehensive and long-term treatments if necessary. Taking the initiative to consult with your optician or finding a nearby specialist can help alleviate any concerns and ensure your child's visual health is well-taken care of. By proactively addressing myopia, you can empower your child to experience the world with crystal-clear vision and thrive in both academic and extracurricular pursuits.

TL;DR Key Points
  • Signs of short-sightedness in children: school struggles (can't see board), sitting close to TV, squinting at distant objects.

  • Children may complain of eye strain, headaches, or experience difficulties when playing sports.

  • However, some children may not show any signs or realise that their vision is reduced.

  • Annual eye examinations are crucial to identify myopia 

  • Early detection allows for short-term solutions like glasses and consideration of long-term treatments if needed.

  • Consult an optician or find a specialist if you suspect your child may be myopic.

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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

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