Find out if your child could become short-sighted and what to do if they already are.
‘Short-sightedness' is a common term for myopia – an eye condition that typically starts in childhood and usually requires spectacles or contact lenses to see clearly. For example, the detail on a whiteboard in a classroom or the text on a T.V.
What causes short-sightedness?
There are two main factors which can mean your child is more at risk of developing short-sightedness – family history and lifestyle. However, there are still other factors that are not known or fully understood.
How does short-sightedness affect my child?
Your child may need a stronger prescription as they continue to grow. In young children, a small prescription may be a sign that they are at the start of their journey with myopia. By the time they have grown up, their prescription is likely to have grown with them. See how short-sightedness changes over time
FPO - visual from myopia simulator