Blurred numbers on the chalkboard, fuzzy video screens during movie day, and holding books or phones close to read; these are all symptoms of nearsightedness. Many times, nearsightedness also known as myopia is discovered by a teacher. This is because nearsighted children can be identified by squinting or having trouble seeing the chalkboard or screen. 1 Nearsightedness is the most common vision issue among children and young adults worldwide.2 By 2050 it is estimated that 50% of the world’s population will be myopic.3
Nearsightedness is commonly treated with glasses or daytime contacts – but nothing compares to unrestricted vision. When your child is on the playing field, freedom from physical restraints is important, and this includes visual restraints. Broken glasses, lost contacts, and the inconvenience of sports goggles are all a concern for parents and young athletes. In this piece we explore the consequences of myopia and why it is so important to properly treat the condition.
Nearsightedness can impair a child’s ability to learn.3 A study conducted by Stanford University found that, “over a period of nine months, the simple act of wearing glasses raises a nearsighted child’s test scores by an average of 14 points. That means without the glasses, the child is essentially losing an equivalent amount.”4 Experts believe 80% of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually.5 When a child struggles in school many parents’ or teachers’ first thought is that the child has vision issues.
While parents may wait for evidence of squinting, holding objects close, or falling grades to get their child’s eyes checked, a child can start developing vision issues at a young age. A child can develop myopia as young as age 6.6 Less than 15% of preschool children get an eye exam and less than 22% receive vision screenings.7 If we move into the later years, 20% of school-age children have vision problems.8
All parents should stay on top of their child’s vision health. If a parent of a child is myopic themselves – they should especially set up a yearly in-office eye exam for the child. Genetics play a role in the risk of myopia.2 Every year a child’s prescription can increase throughout childhood. Make sure your child’s myopia is treated so they don’t have to struggle with poor vision as an adult!
According to one study, “myopia is a global health problem that has social, educational, and economic consequences, and significantly affects the quality of life of sufferers.”9 When a child is struggling in school, an easy solution is to give them glasses. While the stigma of “four eyes” has mostly vanished from modern culture, studies still suggest that myopic children have lower self-esteem than their peers who wear contacts or have 20/20 vision. These studies judged self-esteem based on children’s self-rating of physical appearance, athletic skill, and social interactions, as well as their grades and academic achievements.10 What is the standing of your child’s self-esteem. How are they feeling about himself or herself?
Give Your Child a Competitive Edge
Is your child ready to go back to school? Treating your child’s nearsightedness is not only important for their visual health, but it helps them get ahead in school and in sports. Sports goggles can restrict a child’s peripheral vision and dirt or chalk can get into a contact lens. Make sure your child is free to see and to play without daytime contacts or glasses!
Paragon CRT® Contact Lenses are a non-surgical option for nearsightedness. A child puts the lenses in at night while they sleep and remove them in the morning for improved vision that lasts all day. These lenses are FDA approved for overnight wear and to treat up to a -6.00D prescription of myopia.11 92% of patients report that Paragon CRT® Lenses meet or exceed their expectations!12 By wearing overnight vision correction, your child is free to see the world as it really is with their natural eyesight.
From cute folders and notebooks to a sleek new backpack; make sure you get your children into Paragon CRT® for the new semester. Paragon CRT® lenses are prescribed by a certified eyecare professional. To find one near you, click here!
 Myopia FAQs. (n.d.). Retrieved April 25, 2019, from https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/eye-and-vision-problems/glossary-of-eye-and-vision-conditions/myopia/myopia-faqs
 Foster, P., & Jiang, Y. (2014). Epidemiology of myopia. Eye The Scientific Journal If The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, 202-208. Retrieved April 25, 2019, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3930282/.
 Holden BA, Fricke TR, Wilson DA, Jong M, Naidoo KS, Sankaridurg P, Wong TY, Naduvilath TJ, Resnikoff S, Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050, Ophthalmology, May 2016 Volume 123, Issue 5, Pages 1036–1042
 Impact of Wearing Glasses on Student Test Scores [Scholarly project]. (2012). In Stanford Rural Education Action Program. Retrieved April 25, 2019, from https://reap.fsi.stanford.edu/research/seeing_is_learning__project_impact Stanford University
 Visual Impairments. (n.d.). Retrieved April 25, 2019, from http://www.projectidealonline.org/v/visual-impairments/
 Scheiman, M., Zhang, Q., Gwiazda, J., Hyman, L., Harb, E., Weissberg, E., . . . T. (2013). Visual activity and its association with myopia stabilisation. OPO The Journal of the College of Optometrists. Retrieved February 28, 2019, from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/opo.12111.
 Improving the Nation's Vision Health A Coordinated Public Health Approach (Rep.). (n.d.). Atlanta, GA: CDC. doi:https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/pdf/improving_nations_vision_health_508_final.pdf
 Rodriguez, E., Srivastava, A., & Landau, M. (2018). Increasing Screening Follow-Up for Vulnerable Children: A Partnership with School Nurses. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Retrieved April 26, 2019, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6121602/.
 Saw SM, Katz J, Schein OD, Chew SJ, Chan TK. Epidemiology of myopia. Epidemiol Rev. 1996;18:175–187. doi: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.epirev.a017924.
 Dias, L., Manny, R. E., Weissberg, E., & Fern, K. D. (2013). Myopia, contact lens use and self-esteem. Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics The Journal of the College of Optometrists, 33(5), 573-580. Retrieved April 26, 2019, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3743944/.
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