What is myopia?
- Myopia is commonly known as “nearsightedness” and causes distant objects to appear blurry.
- This happens when the eye grows too long (front to back), so light does not focus accurately on the retina.
Myopia tends to increase during school years as the eye continues to grow. This results in the need for stronger eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions.
Myopia can affect a child’s self‐image and it may impact a child’s ability to participate in sports.
Having myopic parents puts a child at greater risk for developing myopia during the school years.
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