of parents have taken their children to an optometrist in the past year
of parents believe that comprehensive exams aren’t needed until children enter school
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Positive lifestyle changes like taking regular breaks from screens and spending at least two hours a day outside have been shown to prevent or delay myopia onset. Delaying introducing children to screens has also been shown to delay myopia onset.
Gas permeable lenses worn while asleep and removed when awake create a temporary change in cornea shape and simultaneously slow low-to-moderate myopia conditions so that glasses aren’t needed during the day.
Soft multifocal or dual-focus contact lenses—typically used to improve near vision in people over 40—have been shown to correct myopic vision in children while simultaneously slowing myopia progression by decreasing eye growth.
Atropine dilates the pupil and relaxes the eyes’ focusing mechanism. Clinical trials indicate low-dose atropine eye drops can slow myopia progression in children.
For children who may not be ready for contact lenses, myopia-control glasses are another option. Talk to your eyecare provider about the best solution for your child.