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Nearsightedness in Children

What is nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness, or myopia, is a refractive disorder that impacts the eye’s ability to focus on objects that are far away. An eye affected with nearsightedness is either too long or the cornea is too steep, which means that light rays will focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it. Being nearsighted, therefore, means that close objects are in focus while distant ones are not. 

Myopia in kids

Nearsightedness in children is important to monitor because myopia can progress at uneven rates. While young kids can definitely be affected, more commonly nearsightedness will manifest between eight and twelve years old, progress throughout the teen years while the eyes finish growing and then remain largely unchanged until after forty. If a child suffers from myopia, it is essential to get them diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Not only will the strain and headaches that accompany nearsightedness be relieved, but school performance and safety will be enhanced. Treating of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism with corrective lenses is a lifelong project, and instilling good habits early is key.

We’ve got you covered

If you’re child suffers from nearsightedness, we can help. With over 350 Medicaid-approved frames, your child is sure to find the perfect pair to suit their age, size, fashion and lifestyle. We carry the hottest kid’s brands like Bolle, Jalapenos and Jellybean plus we have sunglasses and sports glasses for the most active kids.

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