Three Harmful Effects of Myopia (Nearsightedness) On Your Child’s Eyes

Did you know that myopia starts in school-aged children? Children who are nearsighted have trouble seeing far distances like the TV and blackboard. As myopia increases, so does your child’s risk for developing vision-threatening disease later in their lives. Here are 3 harmful effects myopia can have on your child’s future vision.

1. Retinal detachment

A retinal detachment occurs when the retina tissue lifts away from the back of the eye. Symptoms can be blurred vision, flashes, floaters, and shadows. An eye exam can detect early signs of a retinal detachment and prevent vision threatening permanent damage in the eyes.

2. Nearsighted Macular Degeneration (Myopic Maculopathy)

This occurs when the central retina stretches and loses its shape. Symptoms are blurred or distorted central vision even with glasses on. An eye exam can detect early signs of macular degeneration and early treatment can prevent permanent vision loss.

3. High eye pressure (Glaucoma)

Glaucoma occurs when the eye pressure is too high. Your child will have zero complaints–that’s the scary part. Glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight” and it damages the optic nerve. An eye exam can detect the early signs of glaucoma, provide early treatment and prevent permanent loss.

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Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. Anyone experiencing an eye health condition should consult their eye care professional.