The Truth About Myopia: Debunking Common Myopia Myths

The Truth About Myopia: Debunking Common Myopia Myths

Aug 07, 2020

With the explosion of information across all forms of media, one can have difficulty finding an authority in a particular field who can give trustworthy information. Myopia is one of those things that is surrounded by a lot of misinformation.

It’s every parent’s wish that their child develops as they should.

Myopia (shortsightedness) is one of those “setbacks” that makes parents get a little queasy and go on overdrive seeking answers. No one can fault them for wanting the best, but misinformation is as counterproductive as ignorance is or can be.

Myopia or nearsightedness is an eye problem defined as a refractive error that happens when your eye cannot refract light as it should to a single focus. What this means is that your eye will not see things clearly. If your child has this condition, it means that objects that are a bit distant seem blurry.

Keeping in mind the above meaning, we can go down the list of the common myths and see where we separate the fiction from old wives’ tales.

Myth 1: Sitting Too Close to the Television Causes Shortsightedness

This has been one of the oldest myths circulating the world. Contrary to this line of thought, is that this can actually indicate that your child may have myopia. There are greater odds that your child can see clearly when he or she sits closer to the TV.

However, this can be a cause of alarm, and it would be wiser if you would bring your child to see our specialists for confirmation.

Myth 2: Smart Phones Can Cause Shortsightedness

This is one of the myths that seem to be on the fence. We are currently living in a technologically soaked world, and screens are everywhere. More people are exposed to smartphones earlier in life than the previous generations.

However, we cannot entirely dismiss this as a myth since the studies that have been conducted aren’t agreeing. Some show that spending a lot of time in front of your screen can cause myopia, while others reveal the exact opposite.

An important distinction to make concerning smartphones and other devices is that there could be a correlation between prolonged exposure and myopia. Other than saying that prolonged use of smartphones causes myopia.

For your peace of mind, in this particular scenario, you’d rather be safe than sorry. So, you can help your child minimize exposure to smartphones. Doing this also has a huge plus academic wise since your child will get more sleep and have better social behavior.

Myth 3: Contact Lenses Aren’t Safe for Children

On the contrary, there isn’t enough evidence to support this claim. The chances of your child contracting an eye infection are very slim. Contact lenses prescribed for children starting from 8 to 12 years, and even teenagers are safer.

This is because they are daily disposable lenses, which you will discard after your child uses them each day. They are also safe wearers because of parental supervision and support.

Myth 4: Eye Exercises Can Cure Nearsightedness

In as much as it seems like a good idea, it is not scientifically backed. If your child has allergic conjunctivitis and chronically rub their eyes, they can cause another type of refractive problem like astigmatism associated with myopia.

These exercises have been actively practiced in China for half a century, and there is no sign that the exercises are improving vision.

Another important issue to put into consideration is that the eyes don’t always have synchrony. So, the exercises might end up worsening your child’s condition.

In the same breath, some people push down their eyes, trying to shorten the eyeball. This is because some people want to forcefully shorten the length of the eyes, which is causing the blurry vision, so putting pressure will help.

Putting pressure can actually damage the eye, so do not advise your child to do it.

Myth 5: Vitamin A or Eating Carrots Can Cure Myopia

While it is true that vitamins, especially vitamin A, is healthy for your kid’s eye health, there is no conclusive proof that shows that this can prevent or cure myopia. Let your child take any supplements under the advice of our doctor.

Myth 6: Myopia Can Be Cured

Myopia can be corrected and not cured. LASIK and orthokeratology are methods that are used to correct myopia. As in orthokeratology, you are given hard contact lenses, which your child will wear overnight while asleep.

The lenses reshape the eye surface so that it eliminates the need to wear glasses. It may seem as though your child is cured, but if they stop using the lenses, they regress.

This is the same with laser surgery is not a permanent solution since it cannot modify the length of your eye.

There are still more myths related to myopia, and if you are not careful, you will be led astray. If you have any more queries or desire to book an appointment, call our doctors at Complete Eye Care, and we will sort you out.

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