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Early Signs that Children are at Risk for Nearsightedness

According to a post on the Shots Blog at NPR Health, children who are slightly farsighted at age 6 are far more likely to be diagnosed as nearsighted by age 12. Nearsightedness, or myopia, typically develops between ages 8 and 12. The study showed that first-grade children with refractive errors of less than +0.75 diopters (slightly farsighted), whom improved to 0 refractive error by sixth grade, were more at risk to become nearsighted as they grew older. While there is no known way to prevent myopia, this information might help parents keep their children from spending a year or two at school with inadequate vision, since “children are not great about telling parents they can’t see the board in class.”

Read the full article here.

Peruse the study in JAMA Ophthalmology here.