Myopia Awareness Week 2024: Empowering Parents to Protect Their Children’s Vision

May 16, 2024

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Today we’re shining a light on the growing concern of myopia (nearsightedness) in children. This is the start of the Worldwide Myopia Awareness Week.

As a parent, you play a vital role in safeguarding your child’s eye health. This newsletter provides practical tips to help you do just that.

What is Myopia?

Watch Damon Ezekiel’s Youtube Video: ‘What is Myopia’

The Myopia Epidemic

Myopia affects over 2 billion people worldwide, with the prevalence among children increasing at an alarming rate. If left untreated, myopia can lead to serious eye problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, and even blindness.

Image Credit: Review of Myopia Management 2024

Practical Tips for Parents

  1. Encourage Outdoor Play: Regular outdoor activities can help slow myopia progression. Aim for at least two hours of outdoor play daily.
  2. Monitor Screen Time: Limit screen time to 1-2 hours daily, and ensure regular breaks to reduce eye strain.
  3. Get Regular Eye Checks: Schedule annual eye exams for your child to detect myopia early on.
  4. Provide Good Lighting: Ensure adequate lighting when reading or studying to reduce eye strain.
  5. Encourage Reading and Writing: Engage your child in activities that promote good eye movement and focus.

Optometrist Rhiannon Richer receives Award

Ezekiel Eyes Optometrist, Rhiannon Richer, completed study in Myopia as part of her University Degree. Rhiannon’s group received an award for her study amongst her year level cohort.

Optometrist Rhiannon Richer (second from left) with her award winning group); Image Credit: Rhiannon Richer

The study was the first to show that blue light has statistically significant impacts on myopia. In particular, blue light impacts choroidal thickness (the blood vessel layer underneath the retina).

They found that blue light is an important environment factor that stimulates eye growth. The more the eye grows, the greater the risk of myopia.

Learn more about Rhiannon’s Myopia Study. Keen to ask questions about Myopia? Make an Appointment to talk more with Rhiannon.

Take Action This Myopia Awareness Week

Join us in spreading awareness about myopia and its prevention. Share this newsletter with fellow parents, and let’s work together to protect our children’s vision.

Resources

Thank you for your continued support. Together, we can make a difference in the eye health of our children or grandchildren.

Best regards,

Ezekiel Eyes Team

P.S. When was your child or grandchild’s last eye test? Book an appointment here

optometrist-damon-ezekiel

In addition to owning and managing Ezekiel Eyes, Damon is a contact lens consultant to various research organisations. He regularly lectures and conducts workshops in contact lens practice throughout Australia, Asia and the United States. Damon graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Optometry in 1989. He is now married with two children and enjoys running, hockey, swimming, piano, travelling and trekking.

Damon’s professional associations include:
President of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists
Practising Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society
Fellow of the Cornea & Contact Lens Society of Australia
Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
Member of Optometry Australia
Member of the Orthokeratology Society of Australia
Member of Alcon Australia advisory panel