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Another name for myopia is nearsightedness, or the inability to see distant objects clearly. It is a condition that is common in children that can impact learning at school. Most experts agree that early detection is imperative to avoid further complications later in life. Our optometrists at Maple Ridge Eye Care provide quality eye care and address a variety of vision impairments, including myopia.

Understanding Myopia in Children

Children with issues seeing faraway objects often struggle in school. Most of the information presented to children is in a visual format. Children who cannot see clearly often squint, which can lead to other problems like tension headaches. If you have noticed your child’s grades slipping, it could be a simple fix by scheduling a visit to an eye doctor.

Controlling Myopia

The earlier myopia can be detected, the better off your child will be. There are a variety of treatments and aids available to help children see clearly, such as the right prescription for eyeglasses. Another option is known as Orthokeratology or Ortho-K. These are specialty contact lenses that can be put in the eyes overnight to help reshape the cornea.

We can also use prescription eye drops. Our optometrists will evaluate your child and make the best recommendation based on their specific needs. As parents, you can help by ensuring regular eye exams are scheduled. As children grow, their eyes change as well. Under our close guidance, we will help intervene with potential issues that can compromise your child’s ability to see clearly.

Contact Our Optometrists About Myopia Control

At Maple Ridge Eye Care, we know that myopia is a serious issue for children. Early detection and treatment can save your little one a lot of frustration from being unable to see clearly. If you live in or around Maple Ridge and have a child that may be dealing with myopia, it is time to schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Maple Ridge Eye Care. Call our team today at (604) 670-4434 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

Written by Dr. M. Hurlbert

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