Short-sightedness in children
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How do I know if my child has short-sightedness?
Symptoms may only be found at school with difficult reading whiteboards at the front of the class.
A child with short-sightedness may complain of headaches, eyestrain, and fatigue when having to focus on something more than a metre or so away. Most often, young children with short-sightedness only complain of difficulties seeing things far away. A child with short-sightedness may move closer to objects to see clearly. If your child complains of any of these symptoms, make an appointment with an optometrist
In addition, make sure your child is examined in the first year of life, at the age of three, and at least every two years afterwards, especially if there is a family history of progressive short-sightedness or other eye conditions.
How is short-sightedness treated in children?
A child with short-sightedness can wear glasses. They can also start wearing contact lenses when they are physically mature enough to take care of them. Often this depends on how involved the parents are in caring for the contact lenses. Paediatric ophthalmologists rarely recommend contact lenses before a child enters his or her teens.
Talk to your child's optometrist to find out if contact lenses can help your child.
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