Myopia is on the rise – worldwide.

Myopia (short-sightedness) prevalence is growing rapidly and has a hereditary component as well as being linked to lifestyle. More time on screens and being indoors contributes heavily to this. The earlier myopia is diagnosed, the higher the risk.  Symptoms will include distance vision trouble, but with no problems at near. Myopia has impacts all through life and increases risk of other complications such as retinal tears, detachments and surgical complications.

Thankfully, there are many control options to slow this disease down; including dual focus soft contact lenses and spectacle lenses, low dose atropine drops and orthokeratology (hard contact lenses at night to correct vision for the day without wear). It is recommended if a child is myopic, they should be involved in at least one form of control.

If a child has 1 myopic parent, there is a 1 in 4 chance of becoming myopic. If a child has 2 myopic parents, there is a 1 in 2 chance. Bernie Lanigan Optometrist recommends these higher risk children should be getting their eyes monitored at least annually even if they are not myopic.

There are other diseases that should be monitored for through childhood such as keratoconus or strabismus (squint) if there is family history present.
Bernie Lanigan Optometrist – Laura has much experience with children, including neurodiversity. She will work alongside and report to schools and other therapists if needed.

Contact our clinic to book an appointment for your detailed eye exam.


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Townsville, Queensland



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