Contact lenses for Teenagers
Stories from teenage night lens wearers
Teen screen stare
Myopia progression (their short sight getting worse) & future risks to their eye health
In the UK we are routinely told by opticians “Your son/daughter has short sight, let’s fit them up for glasses”. As parents we barely flinch. Short sight is common right? Harmless?
However, if they said “We’re sorry to say that your son/daughter has Myopia, a condition which, if not controlled now as a child or in their teens will mean a 40% increased risk of eye disease later on in life and, in the worst cases, an inability to see the top letter of the eye chart when they are your age, or legal blindness” … we would sit up and take note right?
Short sight is a casual term for Myopia, which is a condition that can cause eye disease later on in life. High blood pressure is a condition that can cause heart disease. Control your blood pressure and you reduce your risk of heart disease and a heart attack. Same thing here. Control Myopia early in childhood and your children will benefit later on in life. Moreover, uncontrolled their eyesight will get worse. It doesn’t need to. It can be stablised with less screen time, 14 hours outdoors per week and also with night lenses. CLICK HERE to read more about Myopia, Myopia Progression and Myopia Control for your child.
TOP TIP! We all struggle to get our kids to cut down on screen time. If they have progressive myopia, know that screen stare just isn’t good for their eye health. On the link above there’s a simple guide to show your kids what they have, to walk through it and chat about it together. Maybe explain it to them in terms of a diabetic and sugar. Excessive screen time isn’t good for their eye health in a similar way. A compromise could be instead of watching youtube on their mobile at less than a foot, stream it onto the TV and watch from the normal sofa distance.