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How To Prevent Myopia From Getting Worse

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive error in which children and adults are easily able to see things in their near vision, however, it is more difficult to clearly see things in the distance.

Several recent studies both in the US and other countries show that the prevalence of myopia in children is growing at an alarming rate. This is important because high myopia can lead to glaucoma, retinal damage, cataracts, and macular degeneration later in life. If your child has myopia, what follows are some ideas about how to prevent myopia from getting worse.

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COVID-19 Lockdown: The Impact On Children’s Eyes

Safe to say that the COVID-19 lockdown affected everyone in ways no one could have predicted. This is especially true of children. The amount of time spent on devices due to at homeschooling combined with less time outside has caused a ripple effect of consequences. Parents should be monitoring their children with regard to the COVID-19 lockdown and the impact on children’s eyes.

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Adult Strabismus: What To Know About Diagnosis And Treatment

Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes due to the six eye muscles not working together to focus correctly on an object. When someone has strabismus, one eye may look straight ahead, and the other eye will turn in, out, up, or down. Although a significant number of strabismus cases occur in children, adults can also have strabismus affect their lives and their vision. Adult strabismus: what to know about diagnosis and treatment.

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Should I Be Concerned If My Child Is Cross-Eyed?

Should I be concerned if my child has crossed eyes? The answer is a resounding yes. When to be concerned is another question. During the first few months of life many infants appear cross-eyed at times. This normally resolves once they reach about 4 months. If your child still is having issues with a turned eye after that, it is definitely time to be concerned. We will explain why.

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Signs Your Child Needs To See A Pediatric Ophthalmologist

Young children have vision screenings performed by pediatricians, primary care doctors, and later on by an optometrist. Everything may appear to be normal, but children cannot always tell you what is going on with their vision. Do they realize they have blurred vision or if one eye sees better than the other? They assume their vision is normal, however, in some cases, there may be a medical problem with their eyes or their vision. Parents need to look for signs your child needs to see a pediatric ophthalmologist. We will point you to some specific signs.

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