Myopia, also known as short-sightedness, is a refractive error that causes blurred vision at distance if it is uncorrected. Singapore is known as the "myopic capital" of the world, with more than half of the children developing myopia by the age of 12 years old. This is a worrying trend, as children are becoming myopic at a younger age, especially with the increased screen time in this digital era.
Good vision is essential for learning, as most children are visual learners. The younger the child develops myopia, the faster it progresses, and myopia is irreversible. Myopia does not stop at merely visual correction. Being myopic increases the risk of developing eye conditions that can lead to sight-threatening consequences. Examples include earlier development of eye diseases such as cataracts, and it predisposes the individual to retinal detachments or even myopic maculopathy, which can lead to blindness.
Myopia may also affect a child's quality of life, especially if they are highly myopic, as they may be restricted from enjoying certain activities and sports. Therefore, it is essential to control your child's myopia at a young age. It is never too early to start.
Our eye care pros are certified to fit specialty myopia control lenses (Essilor® Stellest™ lenses) to slow down myopia progression in your child. Visit your nearest store and speak to our friendly eye care pros to learn more about how Essilor® Stellest™ lenses can help slow down your child’s myopia progression.BOOK APPOINTMENT