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How to Help Your Child After a Diagnosis of Myopia

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Myopia Is affecting more and more children globally each year, although it is unknown why exactly this is happening, the rise in cases of myopia in children leaves many parents wondering what they can do to help. Since your child’s sight is so important and can have a lasting impact on their daily lives and development, we understand the worry you may feel when your child is diagnosed with myopia (short-sightedness). However, there are several simple things you can do to help your child with their diagnosis.

Spend more time outdoors


Throughout your child’s early life, time spent outdoors is vital in helping their vision develop. It has been suggested, since children seem to spend less time outdoors than previous generations, this could be a contributing factor in the growing rates of myopic children. Try to encourage your child to spend plenty of time each day outdoors, as it could help to reduce their risk of becoming myopic.

Remember to always protect your child’s eyes with the right lenses that can block UV light.

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Father and son outdoors


Reduce your child’s screen time


If your child has been diagnosed with myopia it is important to consider the amount of time they spend looking at screens throughout the day. You should ensure your child takes regular breaks from devices to give their eyes time to re-focus and allow the eye muscles to relax. Where these muscles become fatigued your child may experience eye strain which could lead to other issues, such as frequent headaches.

Some research also suggests that if a screen, device, or book is held too close, this could induce an increase in myopia. So, you should be cautious as to how closely your child is holding books, mobiles, tablets etc. to their face.


Ensure your child gets plenty of sleep


Sleep is important for any child, contributing to their development and wellbeing. For a child with myopia, a lack of sleep can increase the progression of myopia. To ensure your child gets plenty of good sleep, they should be sleeping for between 9-11 hours per night.


Book regular eye tests


Although any parent would like to be able to help their child as much as possible when it comes to a diagnosis, the most important action you can take is to ensure your child visits their local optician regularly for routine eye tests. By visiting a professional who understands the diagnosis your child has received for myopia, the optician can complete routine tests to monitor the progression of myopia, offering the best solution to treat this.


How the Essilor Stellest™ lens can help

At Essilor, we believe a child’s eyesight is essential for their development. So, we have been working for many years to create and offer a solution to combat the progression of myopia in children. Our Stellest™ lens has been designed to provide good visual sharpness and greater visual comfort for your child whilst correcting myopia. Since these lenses are made up of a constellation of invisible lenslets, they work to slow down the eye elongation and in turn the progression of your child’s myopia. Find your local optician to discover more about our Stellest™ lens today.


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