Monitoring Healthy Eye Growth
As your child grows, so do their eyes. From close to 14mm in infancy to almost 24mm by adulthood, a healthy range for your child’s eye length shifts. Growth that’s too slow or too fast could create complications that affect their vision.
Children have slightly different risks for eye diseases. So we look for several warning signs and act accordingly. Myopia control can sometimes reign in worsening myopia, but it can’t prevent an elongated eyeball shape.
A football-shaped eye indicates severe myopia called degenerative myopia. Without medical intervention, degenerative myopia increases the risk of a detached retina, abnormal blood vessel growth, and glaucoma.
Fitting your child with an updated glasses or contacts prescription can prevent them from developing uncomfortable symptoms, like eye strain or headaches.
Children are particularly susceptible to UV damage. At least 50% of lifetime sun damage occurs before age 18. To protect their vision from this cumulative damage and additional sun-related risks later in life, ensure they wear high-quality, 100% UV-blocking sunglasses. They can reduce the potential for cataracts with consistent UV protection.