On one occasion when the kids and I were waiting for our appointment with the ophthalmologist, I picked up a pamphlet from the side table which had information on the importance of children’s eye exams.
It contained some startling facts that have stayed with me since:
- It’s estimated that 80% of a child’s learning is through their eyes1.
- 25% of kids suffer from poor vision that is serious enough to impede learning1
This reinforced why I never miss taking my kids for their annual eye exam.
Whether your child is showing symptoms of vision issues or not, I need to stress the importance of a yearly exam. Not only will it ease our peace-of-mind as parents, but it’s for our children’s own good. We want them to succeed academically, limit their hindrances—and it’s even covered by our Canadian health care.
But there’s another reason. Did you know if nearsightedness is left untreated, it may increase the risk of blindness2?
When it comes to annual eye exams for your kids, just do it. There really is no excuse not to.
For millions across the world, these yearly exams may result in a diagnosis of myopia, also known as nearsightedness.
The majority of myopia progression typically occurs between the ages of 6-17 as this is a key growth time for children, and their eyes. I’ve had myopia for years, so it wasn’t a surprise when my daughter was diagnosed years ago, since genetics do play a part3.
When my daughter first started wearing glasses for nearsightedness, she was reminded by the ophthalmologist (as I had done countless times thereafter), that she needs to take off her glasses when focusing on short distances such as reading, and then wearing them when looking at objects farther away.
Here’s the part where I pause and let out a huge sigh, because if your child has myopia as well, you KNOW how difficult these instructions are for kids to follow.
The next annual appointment came with disappointment as the myopia progression was quite substantial. “More than the norm” our ophthalmologist had said. The same warnings and requests, along with another pair of glasses to facilitate the prescription change.
This trend continued at the next appointment as well.
The challenge with myopia is that as the eye continues to grow, the retinal tissue has to stretch. More than just a new prescription, worsening myopia significantly increases the risk of retinal detachment and myopic maculopathy, which may lead to permanent blindness for your child2,4.
Plus, the more nearsighted your child is, the greater these risks become and these risks increase exponentially as myopia progresses4.
Every time we were met with myopia progression at an appointment, I recall feeling so defeated and frustrated. Year after year, her glasses prescription matched to correcting her current myopia status, which was getting continually worse as time went on.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with correcting, it’s a good thing in maintaining quality of life and aids in seeing and experiencing the world. Yet don’t be nearsighted if you think it simply stops at that.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by CooperVision
What I really wished for, was preventing this regression and thus decreasing the risk of vision issues that can result from myopia when older. I wanted to Fight Myopia!
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Not only does this contact lens do what contacts are made to do, but it’s designed to help slow down the speed at which nearsightedness progresses. Slowing down the progression of myopia is key to helping minimize the risk of the damage that can stem from high myopia4.
With MiSight® 1 day contact lenses, your child may be less reliant on glasses and all the hassles that come with them. But most importantly, they also help slow down the progression of myopia. As a reminder, the dangers that comes with myopia progression is higher chances of retinal detachment, myopic maculopathy, and permanent blindness4.
Bottom line, we all want the best for our children, which is why we stay on top of things like annual eye exams. When myopia gets in the way, and there’s a chance to slow down the progression — that’s something worth looking into.
So, don’t be nearsighted when it comes to myopia and your kids.
Ask your eye care professional about CooperVision MiSight® 1 day contact lenses as a myopia management solution.
In so many ways, we parents look beyond bandaging the now and plan for our kids best future. This is one product that might be your tool in doing just that.
1. https://www.ccnsa-nccah.ca/docs/health/BK-ChildrenandtheirVision-EN.pdf, and https://www2.indstate.edu/humres/staff-benefits/docs/100-10982%20VI%20Children%20Eye%20Health.pdf
2. https://www.brienholdenvision.org/images/pdfs/WHO_Report_Myopia_2016.pdf, and Holden BA, Fricke TR, Wilson DA, et al. Global prevalence of myopia and high myopia and temporal trends from 2000 through 2050. Ophthalmology. 2016;123(5):1036-1042.
3. Jones LA, Sinnott LT, Mutti DO, Mitchell GL, Moeschberger ML, Zadnik K. Parental history of myopia, sports and outdoor activities, and future myopia. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2007;48:3524–32.
4. Flitcroft DI. The complex interactions of retinal, optical and environmental factors in myopia aetiology. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2012;31(6):622-660.
5. Data on file, CooperVision. Compared with a single-vision, one-day lens over a three-year period.