Myopia, or near-sightedness, is a common eye condition. It can cause blurry vision and affect the quality of life of those who suffer from it.
The effects of myopia are worse in children, and if left untreated, it can lead to permanent damage to the eyes and even blindness. Myopia is most commonly caused by overuse of near vision, which causes the eyes to develop an abnormally long focal length for near vision.
In order to prevent myopia from developing in children, doctors often prescribe glasses or contact lenses that restrict near vision. However, because myopia can be caused by both genetic and environmental factors, some doctors recommend that parents exercise their child’s near vision instead of prescribing glasses or contact lenses.
How to Control Myopia in Children
Step 1: Exercise Near Vision
The first step in controlling myopia in children is to exercise near vision. If a child’s eyes develop abnormally long focal lengths for near vision, they will have difficulty focusing on nearby objects.
Therefore, the first step in controlling myopia is to ensure that the child’s eyes are being exercised properly by looking at something close to hand. For example, if a child’s near vision is weak, it may be difficult for them to focus on something that is more than a few feet away.
However, it is important to note that the exercise near vision should not be too strenuous or long, otherwise, the eyes may become sore and irritated.
Step 2: Wear Corrective Glasses
The second step in controlling myopia in children is to wear corrective glasses that restrict near vision. If an eye doctor determines that a child’s eyes are developing abnormally long focal lengths for near vision and are likely to develop myopia, then he or she will likely recommend that the child wear corrective glasses during waking hours.
Step 3: Restrict Near Vision During Sleep
The third step in controlling myopia in children is to restrict near vision during sleep time.
However, in order to reduce the risk of myopia, the child should not spend too much time wearing corrective glasses.
Step 4: Limit Near Vision
The fourth step in controlling myopia in children is to limit near vision during waking hours. If a child’s eyes are likely to develop myopia, then he or she will probably recommend corrective glasses.
However, it is important to note that the limitation of near vision should not be too strenuous or long-lasting; otherwise, the eyes may become sore and irritated.
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