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What is myopia and how can we prevent it from getting worse

In this video, I'd like to answer the question.

What exactly is myopia? Hi, I'm Dr. Moshe Roth. I practice at Family Eye Care in Old bridge, New Jersey.

Myopia is the medical term for near-sightedness. Near-sightedness simply means that somebody can see better at near than often a distance. Just think about this as two separate words: Near. Sighted. Somebody can see better at near.

How can you prevent myopia or slow down your child's myopia?

Well, identifying myopia early can help slow progression and prevent serious eye disease later on in life. As a parent, here's what you can do to help prevent your child from developing this eye condition. Bring your child in early for an assessment. We're developmental optometrists. We have special training and expertise to identify the underlying reason for the myopia.

What's the fire that's producing that smoke?

Some suggest limiting the amount of time that your child spends at close work such as reading or homework or screen time, but realistically, that's not going to happen. That's just not practical.

Good computer work hygiene is important. Making sure that the computers properly positioned and take frequent screen breaks, addressing the over focusing problem is really important.

It's important to remember the 20-20-20 rule; for every 20 minutes that you're on computer. Take a 20 second break and look at something through a window that's 20 feet or beyond a way, and that will relax your focusing mechanism. It is also good idea to encourage outdoor time released 90 minutes or an hour and a half a day. Preferably in the sunshine. Some doctors propose that as a way to prevent myopia. That's a good idea because it gets kids to be physically active, but the doctors that propose that usually don't understand that it's not the outdoors that's  preventing the myopia, rather it's limiting the amount of indoor use of the computer and other doing other near work.

Thank you for listening.