Near Work vs
If the parents are myopic, will their children have higher risk of developing myopia?
Both genetics and environment are main factors in the development of myopia. Children have a higher risk of developing myopia if both parents are myopic.
Is it impossible to prevent myopia if genes are a main cause of myopia?
Not really. Although genes are a factor that may cause myopia but myopia can be managed with proper eyecare by adopting good visual habits such as appropriate reading distance, proper lighting, balanced outdoor time along with suitable myopia control treatments.
The earlier a child develops myopia, the more likely the myopia will progress more aggressively. The ideal age norm of refractive error for children is:
|Up to Age 8||≤ 0.50D of farsightedness|
|Age 9 to 10||≤ 0.25D of farsightedness|
Age 11 or
|0.00D or emmetrope|
Therefore, if a child has less than 50 degrees of long-sightedness by the age of 7 to 8, the chance of developing myopia in the future is much higher.
Near Work vs
Prolonged near vision work (homework, reading, gaming) will increase myopia. Maintaining adequate time for outdoor activities under the sun can prevent/slow down myopia.
|Read close up distance||< 20 cm|
|Read continuously||> 20 minutes|
|Daytime outdoor activities||≥ 1~2 hour/day|
The prevalence of myopia among the 12 years old children in Hong Kong is 61.5%.
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