Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is an eye condition that often begins in childhood. If your eye doctor diagnoses your son or daughter with myopia, it means that your child can see things close-up but has trouble seeing things that are farther away. While you may be worried to know that your child is nearsighted, it's important to understand that 20% of children suffer from myopia and other refractive errors, according to the Boston Children's Hospital. In fact, it is the most common refractive eye error seen in children.
Myopia can have a tremendous impact on your child's ability to learn in school. Most children with myopia have trouble seeing distant objects. This can lead to serious eye fatigue, as your child strains his or her eyes to see the chalkboard and teaching materials across the classroom. As your child struggles to focus on objects in the distance, he or she may find it challenging to keep up with lessons and the information being presented. Vision plays a critical role in the classroom, and for your child to be successful, he or she will need to see the learning materials to digest information and participate in classroom activities. If you're concerned your child may be nearsighted, visit your local MyEyeDr.