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During the holidays we have fewer opportunities to perceive possible visual defects in our childrenBut now that school is starting there is no excuse to pay more attention. In addition, it has been shown that vision problems in children directly affect their school performance and, in many cases, not even the parents themselves perceive these disorders in time.
One of the questions parents ask themselves the most is whether a child, if he gets too close when reading a book, may have a vision problem. I mean, if my son gets too close to the paper, will he be myopia? We respond to this query.
If your child gets too close to objects, books or television, it can be a clear symptom of myopia. But there are also other aspects that strongly indicate that it is time to take our son to the ophthalmologist. For example:
- Squinting to focus long distances
- Frequent headaches
- Lack of attention
- Constant winks are symptoms of one of the most common refractive errors in children: myopia.
If these signs occur, it is possible that the child does not maintain the necessary constancy and abandons his tasks early, gradually losing the pleasure of learning and reading, and thus decreasing their school performance.
Along with myopia, one of the most common refractive errors in children is hyperopia (seeing poorly up close), but this reaches a few diopters, and, unlike myopia, it is not a progressive defect. Of course, it is a risk factor for suffering from strabismus (deviation of the eyes).
What's more, hyperopia is usually corrected after 10 years, and if a periodic review is carried out where the graduation is progressively adjusted, it is very likely that by reaching adulthood it will have been completely corrected.
Unlike hyperopia, the normal thing is that myopia continues to grow. Myopia is the most dangerous refractive defect that exists, since if it is not corrected in time, and we do not prevent its growth, it can lead to high myopia (It is what myopia above 6 diopters is called, and it is the main cause of blindness in Spain according to the ONCE).
The good news is that it can be corrected. Many parents are still unaware that childhood myopia can increase and when it does it can lead to serious vision problems. But above all, they do not know that it is possible to prevent their growth. The key period in which myopia grows is between 7 and 17 years: those 10 years are the only possibility to intervene in this process.
For this reason, it is very important to prevent the increase of myopia in our children. Night lenses are an ideal method to correct the sight of children and adolescents, mainly due to their preventive role.
Source: Doctor Lens
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