This post is sponsored by the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition
All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Myopia. What is it? It’s also known as nearsightedness and the causes of it are genetic and environmental.
I began noticing signs of myopia in Jr. High. I wasn’t able to see the board and it was affecting my grades and ability to play sports. I saw an optometrist and needed glasses. I also got contact because I played sports and didn’t want to wear glasses while playing. One way to catch the signs early with your kids is to make sure they’re getting an adequate amount of playtime, and ask them if they’re having trouble with things, like seeing the board at school.
⦁ Treatable by a medical professional (Lab tests or imaging not required)
⦁ Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Myopia affects nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population. Mamas: there is significant evidence that many people inherit myopia, or at least the tendency to develop myopia.
If one or both parents are nearsighted, there is a greater chance their children will be nearsighted. Not to mention, having myopia can increase the risk for other serious eye diseases.
Myopia generally first occurs in school-age children. This is why getting their eyes checked is super important.
To get a head start on controlling myopia, I went on a Vision Mission with Leighton. I want to make sure my kids regularly see an eye doctor, understand the importance of vision health, and of course get outside and play!
Leighton and I visited Today’s Vision Creekside and had a doctor appointment, and then went to the park for a playdate!
If your child is concerned about heading to the eye doctor, make a playdate out of it, or a Vision Mission like I did! Tell them they’re going on a field trip! Afterwards head to the park and enjoy lunch!
Spending quality time with our little ones gives them a break from screen time to enjoy what really matters.
If your child does in fact have myopia, there are plenty of preventative measures to take! Ask your doctor about new treatment options, beyond just eyeglasses and contacts!
Dr. May Davoodi was so sweet and knowledgeable! To hear more about her practice and myopia watch below:
Taking care of your vision at an early age is crucial.
I know as a mom it’s hard to keep your kids busy at all times and if you’re anything like me we try to basically cater to their every need. They don’t need an iPad or TV at all times.