Progressive nearsightedness is a type of nearsightedness that is caused due to genetics. Here a child inherits the genes for nearsightedness from his or her parents, and the condition progresses from bad to worse depending on how the child uses his or her eyes.
Recent scientific studies have shown that nearsightedness is connected to close work and activities like reading or watching television from too close.Other than the rate at which the nearsightedness progresses, progressive nearsightedness is the same as normal nearsightedness. Here too the person will not be able to see distant objects clearly.
If your child happens to complain of headaches, fatigue and eyestrain while focusing at things, then you should immediately take him to an optometrist for an eye exam. Usually children will complain when they cannot see things at a distance. In such cases, it is quite common for children to move closer to the object in order to see it clearly.
If there is case of progressive nearsightedness in your family, you should ensure that your child has an eye exam in the first year of life, then again at the age of three. Thereafter, he or she should be taken for an eye exam every two years.
Recently, some scientific studies show that using atropine along with bifocals can slow the progress of progressive nearsightedness. However, there is a lot of debate going on due to the ill-effects of atropine. However, your child can have his progressive nearsightedness corrected by means of corrective eyeglasses.
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