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Wellness Wednesday: Myopia

According to a recent study, 1 in 3 children are diagnosed with myopia – more commonly known as nearsightedness.

In an effort to bring awareness to this irreversible condition ophthalmologist, Millicent Knight is teaming up with the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition to give parents the tools they need to help treat and slow its progression. This includes one simple solution… play outside.

“Children don’t go outside as much again they’re spending those 4-plus hours a day,” Dr. Knight said. “Getting outdoors, flexing the eye muscles, changing the environment are all very important factors, and taking those breaks from electronics to relax the visual system can help”.

Dr. Knight also added that even if your child is not experiencing vision problems, identifying issues early, especially between ages 8-13, can make a real impact on their future.

Prompt treatment of conditions may slow the risk of a child’s vision getting worse over time. For more information about myopia and the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition .