Signs and Symptoms of Myopia

Blurred vision when looking at distant objects is the main symptom of myopia or nearsightedness.

Signs Your Child May Have Myopia

Your child may have nearsightedness if he or she:

  • Sits at the front of the classroom.
  • Moves very close to the TV or movie screen.
  • Lacks interest in sports or other activities that require good distance vision.

Nearsightedness Symptoms

Along with blurred vision, your child may:

  • Squint and frown.
  • Get frequent headaches.
  • Hold books or other objects close to his or her face.

Myopia Complications

Nearsightedness can lead to poor school, sports, or work performance.

Severe myopia presents a greater risk for more serious vision problems including:

  • Retinal detachment
  • Macular degeneration
  • Premature cataracts
  • Glaucoma

Ways to Prevent Nearsightedness

Here are a few simple ways you can help prevent your child from developing nearsightedness:

  • Spend time outdoors! Getting more exposure to sunlight shows promise for lowering the risk of nearsightedness.
  • Reduce or phase out reading in dim light.

Make an appointment at the Myopia Treatment Center at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Call 412-692-8940 to make an appointment for your child.