A Closer Look at the Myopia Epidemic1
There are many variables that affect a child’s vision.
Consider the amount of time our children spend in front of screens or reading in dim light. Many parents are asking, “Do computers cause myopia?” or, “Can smartphones cause nearsightedness?” It’s part of a growing health concern, as the cases of myopia (nearsightedness) around the world climb at an alarming rate.1
Who is Myopia Affecting?
Myopia is an increasingly common eye health issue around the world.
As your child ages, myopia significantly increases the risks of serious eye disease.1 In fact, it’s predicted to become a leading cause of permanent blindness worldwide.2 The numbers and risks continue to climb.
In some areas of the world, as many as
80-90% of high school graduates will be nearsighted3
Myopia rates have nearly doubled in just three decades4
As the level of myopia increases, so does the risk of serious eye diseases later in life1
Children are developing myopia younger and younger–putting them on the fast track to stronger and thicker glasses for myopia2
Almost 5 billion myopes by 20502
Myopia Starts Small
Look for the Signs
Assess your child’s risks now with our myopia risk checklist.
If one or more of the following apply to your child, a myopia management program may be right for them. Check all that apply:
- Your child is active in sports, dance, or other high-energy activities
- Your child is reluctant to wear glasses due to poor self-image or social pressure
- One or both parents need vision correction or wear glasses, contact lenses, or had LASIK
- Your child needed eyeglasses before age 8
- Your child’s prescription has changed more than -0.50D in the past year
- Allergies or dry eyes limit their use of daytime contact lenses
- There is a family history of eye disease including Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, or Retinal Detachment
If left untreated, your child’s myopia may potentially affect their eye health, emotional and social well-being, and performance in school and extracurricular activities.