As one school year ends, preparations start for the new year ahead. Buying new uniform, shoes, and stationery are usually top of the shopping list, but have you thought about booking your child an eye examination before September?
Your child’s health is important and regular eye examinations are a key part of this. It is advised that children have regular, yearly eye examinations from school age although they can be seen earlier. Children who are at school often show more signs of having problems with their vision, such as sitting close to the TV, squinting, and difficulty concentrating in school. These signs may mean that your child has myopia.
Myopia, also known as short-sightedness, affects millions of people around the world and is expected to affect 50% of the population by 2050. Lifestyle changes are thought to have contributed to an increase in children with myopia due to the increase in near work, digital device use and reduced time outside.
Regular eye examinations for children are key to monitor changes in their prescription, diagnosing myopia early is key for managing its progression and preventing the development of eye conditions later in life. There are new methods of myopia management available in the form of spectacle lenses and contact lenses that are proven to slow the progression of myopia by up to 60%. Their unique designs provide clear vision while managing the condition and preserving eye health.
Preparing your child for the school year ahead with an eye examination, will help improve their concentration and help them enjoy the year ahead. Contact us today to book your child’s eye examination or have a chat with a member of our team about myopia and our management products.