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90% of cases will develop in early childhood. The good news is that you can protect your children’s vision.

The reality is that parents play a part in whether or not their children will develop myopia. However, that isn’t the full story. We know that lifestyle and environment also contribute to whether a child will be myopic or not.

So while we can’t change their genetics, we can use a few simple strategies that will help protect their vision.

#1. GET CHILDREN OUTSIDE..TO PLAY!


Playing outside can expand a child’s imagination, challenge their brains, build their muscles and potentially protect their sight. Research tells us that time outside (typically two hours a day) has the potential to protect your child’s sight. So get them outside to PLAY!

#2. MAKE THEM PUT DOWN THE DEVICE … FOR A LITTLE WHILE.


It’s been reported that on a typical day, the average American child spends as much as seven hours a day on a screen. In this age of technology, we know that our children’s eyes have never had to work so hard and as a result, an increasing amount of children are developing myopia.

Now your child may not be spending seven hours a day on a device, but we are willing to bet they are using a screen every day. While we can’t get away from modern lifestyles – we can be smart and empower our children to have healthy device habits.

#3. EARLY DETECTION IS KEY…TIME FOR A VISIT TO THE OPTOMETRIST.


Early interventions are the key to diagnosing and slowing down the progression of myopia. Get your children seeing an optometrist (pun intended). If they don’t have a vision condition – perfect! If they do, you know can build a management plan to make sure their vision doesn’t progressively get worse.

As the great Professor Brien Holden said, “Every seven year-old child when going to school, should take along a certificate from an optometrist, and say, ‘I’m ok, I can see’.”

Plus their recently achieved clear vision will help them at school, at sport, with their peers and some studies suggest even their behaviour. Win-win!

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY...

Take a minute to watch and listen to some of the optometrists on the frontline ...
Dr Kate Gifford
Dr Kate Gifford
PhD, BAppSc (Optom) Hons, GradCertOcTher, FBCLA, FIACLE, FCCLSA, FAAO, GAICD

  • Optometrist & Specialty Contact Lenses, Gerry & Johnson Optometrists
  • Clinical Optometrist, School of Optometry and Vision Science QUT
  • Immediate Past President, Optometry Australia
Dr Gifford is a clinical optometrist and owner of Gerry & Johnson Optometrists, a niche independent practice in the Brisbane CBD with specialty interests in contact lenses, binocular vision, paediatric optometry and myopia control.
 
She graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2003 with First Class Honours and a University Medal. In 2018 Dr Gifford completed a part-time PhD in contact lens optics and binocular vision in myopia; she holds four professional fellowships and has authored 57 professional and peer-reviewed publications.
 
As a peer educator, Kate has presented over 120 lectures at conferences in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia. Since 2007, Dr Gifford has been a Visiting Lecturer at QUT and in 2010 won a QUT Vice Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Excellence Award. She was QUT's Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year in 2017 and the inaugural awardee of the British Contact Lens Association's President's Award for Excellence. Kate has also provided volunteer contact lens education for the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology. Alongside her Optometrist husband Dr Paul Gifford, Kate has co-founded www.myopiaprofile.com and www.mykidsvision.org to educate eye care practitioners and parents in childhood myopia management.
SooJin Nam
SooJin Nam
BOptom, MBA (Exec)
  • Owner Eyecare Kids
  • Director Eye Care Plus
SooJin graduated from the School of Optometry at UNSW in 2000. Two years later, she started her first practice after winning a Shell Livewire business plan competition. Ms Nam then completed an executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Her and her business partner had been active members of ProVision for 9 years and then joined Eyecare Plus.

It wasn’t long before Eyecare Kids was created and their 3 businesses turned into 6. SooJin Nam has a special interest in children’s vision, myopia control and learning difficulties, and in particular, the impact vision has on learning and concentration. Soojin and her practices were fortunate to have been the recipient of multiple business awards.

QUESTIONS? WE’VE GOT SOME ANSWERS.

FAQ’s about myopia.
WHAT IS MYOPIA?
In the simplest sense, myopia is an eye condition. You might know it as “shortsightedness”. It causes difficulty seeing objects clearly in the distance.

The scary part is that myopia is a progressive condition. That means that, over time, myopia will change the physical structure of the eye and lead to vision loss.
WHO IS AT RISK?
This one is easy…everyone!

No demographic or region is immune. Sure, some children are more prone to developing myopia because of their genetics, but myopia is a reality for all of us.

YOU MAY NOT THINK YOU'RE AN ACTIVIST. BUT WE DO.

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