Symptoms of myopia, or nearsightedness, in your child include holding screens or reading material close to the face, squinting to see at distance, complaints about eyesight, and recurrent headaches.
If your child has any of these, they may be myopic. If your child already has glasses or contacts, their myopia may be progressing.
High or progressing myopia can lead to serious complications later in life, including retinal detachment, myopic maculopathy, and cataracts.
Current treatments for myopia control include Coopervision MiSight 1 day soft contact lenses, and Corneal Refractive Therapy rigid gas permeable lenses worn overnight (also known as Orthokeratology).
The goal of these treatments is to reduce the rate of progression of myopia in your child as they grow older, and reduce the risk of developing complications later in life.