Nearsightedness or Shortsigtedness (Myopia) is often first detected during childhood and is commonly diagnosed between the primary school years through the teens.
Here are the most common signs and symptoms of myopia:
Need to sit closer to the television, movie screen or the front of the classroom
Holding books very close while reading
Seem to be unaware of distant objects
Rub his or her eyes frequently
Since nearsightedness is often inherited, it is not totally possible to prevent it. The key is to catch the problem as soon as the child experiences the very first sign of any difficulty seeing distant objects clearly such as the TV or the writing on the board at school. Ask the child from time to time if he or she can see distant objects clearly. For example, ask the child to read a distant road sign or a newspaper held up at a distance. If the child is having any difficulty at all seeing such objects clearly, that is the time to act.
Children need their vision checked at 6 months, 3 years, and before first grade. This is especially important if there is a family history of progressive nearsightedness or other eye conditions.
Don’t delay - consult an eye care professional.