For Parents

Understanding your child’s eye health and the effects myopia, or nearsightedness, is important. Discover resources and information on what you can do to slow its progression.

August 30, 2021

You heard the word myopia—now what? Here’s your back-to-school backpack of myopia resources

You recently heard about myopia and that it’s increasing in children around the world at an alarming rate—especially following the pandemic, which left most kids learning virtually from home.1 Now what? Below, you’ll find a list of selected resources—you can think of it as your back-to-school backpack—that will help you get up to speed with […]

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August 30, 2021

How to ensure your child’s vision is ready for the classroom after a year of virtual learning

As kids spent much of the 2020-21 year learning virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are finding themselves concerned about the impact of all of the increased screen time and decreased time indoors. Researchers have now backed up that concern with a study that found an uptick in nearsightedness in children, especially those between the […]

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July 7, 2021

What parents need to know about myopia in less than three minutes [video]

Our newest video, Myopia Explained, breaks down what you need to know about myopia in less than three minutes. Myopia statistics, information about short-term and long-term effects, and myopia management treatment options are colorfully illustrated so you can learn more about myopia and the latest advancements to help you protect your child’s eye health. Watch […]

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May 5, 2021

Here’s why more time outside is important for your child’s eyesight

Here on MyMyopia®, we talk a lot about the importance of getting kids to spend time away from screens and to get outdoors as much as possible. Together, these factors can support kids’ healthy vision.1  Especially after a year when nearly two out of three of parents reported that their children spent more than 50% […]

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May 5, 2021

What impact has COVID-19 had on your child’s myopia?

By 2050, it is estimated that five billion people worldwide will be myopic.1 Now, the worry of myopia in children has increased even further with the rise of virtual learning and more time indoors due to COVID-19 safety measures. In 2020, nearly two out of three parents reported that their children spent more than 50% […]

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January 27, 2021

American Academy of Ophthalmology Myopia Task Force comes together as COVID-19 may put more children at risk for high myopia

The myopia epidemic existed well before the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the pandemic could worsen the number of children at risk of nearsightedness.1 The number of Americans who are nearsighted has nearly doubled over the last 50 years to over 40% and, without action, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says that it is estimated that nearly […]

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January 2, 2021

Three tips to protect your child’s vision during virtual learning in less than five minutes [video]

As many children begin the school year learning virtually from home, parents must confront increased screen time and the potential repercussions on their children’s vision. A survey conducted in March, before stay-at-home orders went into place, revealed that the majority of parents—71% with children 12 or younger—admitted to being at least somewhat concerned about their […]

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December 20, 2020

Tools that can help your kids develop healthy digital device habits

More than ever, digital devices are a staple in education, entertainment, and connection. Yet, screen time can lead to digital eye strain and can put children’s ocular health in danger.1 While we can’t eliminate devices and it can be hard to enforce strict guidelines when technology plays such a central role in our lives, we […]

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October 7, 2020

World Sight Day 2020 is October 8: Help Spread the Word and Put a Spotlight on Children’s Vision Health

One of the most important advocacy days in the vision space is upon us—World Sight Day is on October 8, 2020. World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. We’re making great strides to make parents aware, informed, and equipped to make important decisions […]

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July 20, 2020

Does my child need more than glasses to treat their nearsightedness?

“So, my kid needs glasses, no big deal.” “It’s just nearsightedness.” It’s not surprising that myopia, or nearsightedness, is often seen as a normal part of life as one in four parents have a myopic child.1 It’s common for parents to respond to the growing threat of myopia with statements like, “My child needs glasses, […]

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December 3, 2019

Should I be worried about the blue light from devices affecting my kids’ vision?

Too much screen time is a big worry with parents, but why should you be concerned? Children ages 8-10 spend about six hours a day in front of some kind of screen or device.1 An extensive body of evidence is building that confirms increased time using digital devices could hurt children’s eyesight.2 […]

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December 3, 2019

Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. What’s the difference?

A child’s eyes grow the fastest when they are between the ages of 6-18 years old.1 If their eye grows irregularly, it can lead to vision problems. Three of the most common vision problems are nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism and it’s important to know the difference […]

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December 3, 2019

My child had a vision screening. Do they still need an eye exam?

Your child probably got a vision screening at school, or during their annual wellness visit at the pediatrician. While screenings can be useful, they provide less than 4% of the information generated during a comprehensive eye exam and miss up to 75% of children with vision problems.1 Since a child’s eyes grow and change the most from 6 years […]

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December 3, 2019

Are vision problems affecting your kid’s performance at school? Here’s what to watch for.

How do you know if your child or students are able to see the whiteboard during class? Poor vision can directly impact a child’s ability to learn as 80% of learning is visual and happens through the eyes.1 Since a child’s eyesight is so important to their learning, […]

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September 9, 2019

I’m a parent. Why haven’t I heard of myopia?

Is your child squinting to see things far away?  Are they rubbing their eyes a lot?  Do they complain of frequent headaches? Do they ask to move closer to the blackboard in school to see better? These are all potential signs and symptoms of myopia or nearsightedness.  Myopia results from an abnormal elongation of the […]

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August 20, 2019

Creative ways to get your child to spend more time outside

Between gaming, watching TV and movies, and doing school work, kids ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven hours a day looking at their laptops, phones and tablets1.

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August 15, 2019

When should my child get their first eye exam?

As you begin to think about all the ways you can set your child up for back to school success, you also need to think about your child’s vision—even if you haven’t noticed any issues. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), as much as 80% of a child’s learning occurs through the eyes.1

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August 15, 2019

7 questions to ask during your child’s eye exam

You’ve just been told your child needs to see an eye doctor, what questions should you ask at the appointment? Visiting a doctor’s office can be an anxious experience for both children and parents. An important aspect of any patient-doctor relationship is communication. Preparing your questions ahead of time can not only ease anxious feelings […]

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August 15, 2019

Can too much screen time hurt my child’s vision?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a growing threat to the ocular health of many children around the world. While there are hereditary factors that contribute to myopia and its progression in children, environmental factors play a role. A common theme running through the research around these factors is that the increased time spent looking […]

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What parents are saying

“I was hoping that my kids wouldn’t get myopia, but their eyes followed after their mom’s and now both my kids have myopia.”

– Shubhada Bhide, Founder of RainbowDiaries