At Pinder’s, we’re here to support the eye care needs of the whole family — and that includes the little ones! In this article, we’re putting the spotlight on myopia; an eye health issue that all parents should know about. 

Myopia is a common condition that is frequently known as short-sightedness. Childhood myopia occurs when the eyes grow too quickly. There are also lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors at play.

What can you do about child myopia?

At Pinder’s, we want to create a positive change when it comes to the global increase in cases of myopia. Below is our 4-step plan to help prevent your child from becoming myopic.

Step 1: Get outdoors

Make sure your child gets plenty of time outdoors — whether they’re playing sports or enjoying time in the garden. We recommend at least 60-80 minutes each day to help delay the onset of myopia.

Step 2: Limit daily screen time

Studies have linked the amount of time spent on screens (including tablets, computers, mobile phones and televisions) with a higher risk and severity of myopia.

Our recommended screen time for children by age is as follows:

  • 0–2 yrs old less than 1 hour per day
  • 2-5 yrs old less than 2 hours per day
  • 6-10 yrs old less than 3 hours per day

Step 3: Regular eye tests

Ensuring that your little ones are seen regularly by your optometrist is a good way to prevent any potential issues from developing, including myopia.

Step 4: Talk to us about myopia prevention and management options

Our optometrists are available to speak with you about your child’s environment and lifestyle — as well as simple changes you can make to help prevent them from developing myopia.

If your child is already myopic, your optometrist can recommend one of our innovative treatment methods including Eye Dream wear-at-night contact lenses, MiSight contact lenses and MiYOSMART spectacle lenses.

Get in touch with your local Pinder’s branch to book your child’s consultation today