Childhood myopia management goes beyond spectacles and contact lenses!
Usually after getting spectacles prescribed for their child, many parents are lulled into a sense of false complacency, thinking they have effectively managed the problem and do not need to take any further action.
However, relying on spectacles or contact lenses without practicing good eye care to deal with a child’s myopia will only allow the problem to persist. It is like turning a blind eye (no pun intended) to a problem by denying its existence and sweeping it under the carpet.
It is important to remember that the condition of myopia still exists, and may continue to grow in severity. When the problem eventually surfaces again, it will be way too late to control and manage it.
You might be wondering, “what exactly is the problem?”
The problem is that in spite of prescribing spectacles or contact lenses for our children, their myopia will still continue to worsen and gain in prescription power, especially taking into consideration the harsh demands of their lifestyle today.
The high volume of intense near work required of them in today’s day and age is unavoidable. They are faced with long hours of schooling and studying for the majority of their day. Technology too has become an inseparable part of their lives, be it through computers, televisions, phones and tablets. One thing we can know for sure is that such a demanding lifestyle will continue to exist and even grow in intensity in the future.
In such situations, it is suggested by eye doctors that parents turn to Atropine – a form of weekly eye drops treatment – that complements spectacle and contact lens usage in children.