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How to Detect Myopia in Your Child?

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As parents, it is important to know the signs that your child may be suffering from myopia. If your child is diagnosed with myopia during an eye exam, it is important to consider getting them a pair of glasses as soon as possible to prevent myopia from getting worse. So how to detect myopia in your child's everyday signs?

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Generally, there are several everyday signs that can be used to determine if your child is at risk of developing myopia:

Squinting a lot when looking at objects

Myopia patients often squint when looking at things, because when squinting the eyelids can block part of the pupil, which can reduce the scattering of light, which can temporarily improve and improve vision. Therefore, when your child is squinting a lot, you should consider that he or she may be suffering from early myopia.

One teen girl squinted in glasses on

Frequent blinking

Blinking can, to a certain extent, relieve myopia and enhance vision. Therefore, when your child shows symptoms of frequent blinking, you should consider whether he or she has early myopia.


Frequent eye rubbing

Some children who have difficulty seeing objects because of myopia often rub their eyes with their hands in order to see objects better. Therefore, when you find that your child often rubs his or her eyes, you should take him or her to the hospital to have his or her vision checked.


Often tilting the head to see objects

Some children with early myopia often look at objects with their heads tilted. This is because looking at objects with their head tilted reduces the effect of scattered light on their vision. Therefore, when you find that your child often looks at objects with his head tilted, you must take him to the hospital for a vision check and to correct his wrong posture in looking at objects so that he does not develop the habit of tilting his head.


Often frown

Some children with myopia have the habit of frowning. This is a way for them to try to improve their vision. However, frequent frowning can cause the extraocular muscles to compress the eyeball, which in turn can speed up the development of myopia. Therefore, when you notice your child frowning a lot, take him or her to the hospital for a vision check. And to help to change the problem of frequent frowning.


Often pulling the corner of the eye

A few children with myopia often use their hands to pull the corners of their eyes outward, because doing so can have the same effect as tilting the head and squinting. Therefore, when you find that your child has the habit of pulling the corner of his or her eyes, take him or her to the hospital to have his or her vision checked in a timely manner.


Squinty eyes when looking at things

Some children with myopia often have a combination of strabismus (i.e., when one eye looks forward, the other eye involuntarily looks outward). Therefore, when you find your child has the habit of squinting, you should consider whether he or she has myopia.


Eyes close to things when looking at things

When your child always looks close to objects and complains that the light in the room is too dark when reading and writing, consider that your child may have myopia.


Often look at the wrong person or have trouble seeing things

When your child often does not greet people he or she knows, trips or bruises when moving in the dark, or cannot see the writing on the blackboard, consider whether your child has myopia.


If this is the case, you should take it seriously and ask your child if he/she sees things blurry. You should also go to the hospital as soon as possible to have your child checked. If you are nearsighted, you should consider buying kids' glasses for your child as soon as possible to avoid deepening vision and correcting your child's eye habits while wearing glasses! Finally, we remind you that protecting your child's eyes can also be done through daily diet, exercise, treatment, and other healthy lifestyles, which have reached the purpose of restoring and maintaining healthy vision.

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