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What can I do to stop my child’s myopia from getting worse?

Updated: May 3, 2022

If your child has myopia the first thing to say is that you are not alone. One 2016 study [1] revealed that 32% of UK children had myopia. Another study [2] put the figure lower at 25% but commented that the number of children in the UK who are short-sighted has doubled over the past fifty years. That study also revealed that children in the UK are becoming short-sighted at a younger age than previously thought, with developmental changes seen in primary school.

So, what can parents do if their child has been diagnosed with myopia? Apart from helping your child to understand and come to terms with their short-sightedness, there are a number of measures that can be taken in order to help to reduce the progression of myopia.