Why are more children becoming nearsighted?

The National Eye Institute is sponsoring a study to determine the effect of red and blue light on children’s vision. The University of Houston College of Optometry has a lab set up and children aged 7 to 14 who are accompanied by a guardian sleep over and are exposed to red and blue lights at […]

Atropine drops to prevent childhood nearsightedness

Atropine eye drops are used to dilate the pupil as well as treat lazy eye in babies. Recently, researchers in Singapore noticed that one of the side effects of atropine drops is that they stop excessive eye growth so the drops are now being looked as a possible preventive treatment for the onset of myopia […]

Ultraviolet light exposure reduces nearsightedness

Researchers recently discovered that greater exposure to Ultraviolet B (UVB)┬áradiation between the ages of 14 and 29 resulted in a lower incidence of myopia (nearsightedness) as an adult. Data was derived from the European Eye Study and involved 3,168 particpants aged 65 years and older. Study participants included those with and those without myopia. Researchers […]

Are Digital devices making children near-sighted?

A recent study conducted by the USC Eye Institute at Keck Medicine confirms that cases of childhood myopia (near-sightedness) among American children has more than doubled over the last 50 years. This was the largest study of childhood eye diseases ever done in the United States. The research team collected more than 5,000 eye measurements […]

Firstborn predisposed to nearsightedness

Recent findings published in JAMA Ophthalmology detail a possible link between birth order and the increased likelihood of developing myopia (nearsightedness). Children who are firstborn are more likely to become nearsighted. After evaluating 90,000 adults between the ages of 40 and 69, researchers discovered that those who were firstborn were almost 10 percent more likely […]

Kids who play outside become less nearsighted

With today’s youth spending more and more time on digital devices and computers, many of them are spending less time outdoors. A new study suggests that spending more time outdoors helps to slow down the onset of myopia (nearsightedness). The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and it finds that […]

Nearsightedness becoming more prevalent

While myopia (also known as nearsightedness) can have a genetic link, other factors such as electronic devices and limited time outside have a tremendous impact on vision. Myopia is a result of the eyeball being too long or the cornea being too curved. The result is that objects that are far away appear to be […]

“Spot” helps identify undiagnosed vision problems in school children

A new screening device called Spot has been developed and is changing how vision screenings are being done.

Kids glued to TV develop blurred vision

A recent vision health study indicates that the rates of nearsightedness (myopia) in children are linked to time spent outdoors.

When is a Child Old Enough To Wear Contact Lenses?

Guidelines to help you decide if your child is old enough for contact lenses.