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What are the most common vision problems for children and teens?

Common eye complaints for children and teens include:
Myopia (nearsightedness): people with myopia can see close up objects clearly but objects at a distance become blurry. Glasses or contact lenses will provide treatment for myopia.
Hyperopia (farsightedness): people with hyperopia can see distant objects clearly but struggle to see objects up close. Glasses or contact lenses will provide treatment for hyperopia.
Astigmatism: this is a condition where the eye doesn’t focus light properly onto the retina making objects seem blurry. Astigmatism can be treated with the prescription of glasses or contact lenses.
If you think that your teen may be prone to any of these conditions, then you should contact their G.P. or optometrist.
Signs to watch out for include:
  • Eye rubbing
  • Complaining of headaches/ eye pain
  • Complaining of being unable to see the board/ TV
  • Sitting too close to the TV

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