The Nearsighted Epidemic: The Health Condition Growing Among Children

The Nearsighted Epidemic: The Health Condition Growing Among Children

Children in the U.S. are being diagnosed more and more with myopia, or nearsightedness. This causes the child to not be able to see objects in the distance clearly, and can cause them to miss out on a lot of life’s moments because of blurry vision. This is not the only negative side effect of nearsightedness. Children can also be more susceptible to more serious eye diseases, such as glaucoma. As a parent, one could wonder how their child got this disease in the first place. There is nothing one can do to stop the disease from being had by a child because it is transmitted through genetics. Despite not being able to prevent myopia, parents can still work to help their children by giving them the tools to prevent the more serious diseases. Children can use customized contact lenses or prescription eye drops to help treat myopia. These treatments allow the child to see more clearly, but also prevents more serious eye diseases. Parents should take as many steps as possible to help use these measures with their children because, if they do not, then their child’s eye health is at risk for a great portion of their lives.

Key Points:

  • 1While genetics is the primary cause of myopia, environmental factors, such as too much time indoors, reading and computer use, play a role too.
  • 2Early intervention for myopic children can make them a better candidate for LASIK surgery in the future.
  • 3Myopia can increase the possibility of even more serious eye conditions, like glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachment.


Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition of the eye where objects in the distance are blurry. 80% of myopia starts in childhood and frequently vision deteriorates throughout the childhood years.
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