Child Myopia.  This is one that gets Jake upset on a regular basis.  Children (in most cases) don’t need glasses!  What they need is educated parents who understand eye strain, ciliary muscle spasm, the impact of lots of close-up reading time, of staring at smart phones and computer screens.

An ounce of prevention, as they say.  Read carefully through this section for lots of tips about preventing and reversing child myopia, find parents who had success banishing their child’s myopia, get hope an motivation to keep your own children’s eyes healthy!

Coopervision MiSight Contact Lenses: A Breakthrough In Myopia Control?

A contact lens, specifically marketed to children, said to prevent high myopia? Coopervison MiSight contact lenses present a complete paradigm shift in commercial, mainstream myopia control.  They should be making news worldwide for their break with tradition, and wild claims that focal planes affect myopia development. But nobody is really talking about them.  Why? Let's take a look at what Coopervision claims with their MiSight contact lenses: "Reduces Myopia Progression" "Reduces myopic progression, for better vision when not wearing glasses [...]

By |Child Myopia, Focal Planes, Myopia, Science|

Overnight High Myopia Shock: 5 Year Old Goes From 20/20 To -5.00D!

Imagine, you have a young boy.  Everything is all fine and great, boys will be boys.  Until one day, that is.  One day which is today when he comes running up to you and says, all scared sounding and confused:  Daddy, I can't see!   Yikes!  You're freaking out, naturally.  Freaking out and taking the little one to the optometrist as fast as you can.   And this is where it all starts. Sit back and grab your favorite pipe [...]

12 Year Old Boy Beats Myopia

Lots of things occupy your darling eye guru's wee little brain, with this @endmyopia project. How do I get the new reader to stick around long enough to seriously consider natural myopia control?  How do we create credibility and trust?  Do we need to do social media things, make videos, leverage tools to get younger myopes thinking about their eyesight?  And if we do, how do we do it? And sometimes of course, I think ... man, why keep putting all [...]

Selling Glasses To Children: Should Be Illegal?

Welcome back to the blog, dear kitteh.  Pull up a chair, let uncle Jake tell you a story. Uncle Jake recently had a little baby boy (eight months recent, as of this writing).   While that was a bit of a semi-unplanned event, it's changed Jakey's perspective on quite a few things.  Among them, the thing you really get as a parent, protecting the small and innocent.  If you're a parent, you know what I'm talking about.  You will straight up [...]

By |Child Myopia, Questionable Therapy|

Glasses Cause Serious Psychological Stress In Children

Kairi posts a great study link in the forum today (published in OVPJournal, site here), looking at psychological stress in children from myopia development.As you already know, myopia isn't a real illness.  Giving glasses to children for myopia is a terrible idea.  I've been saying this for years, while working to help parents use a more holistic approach to manage their child's healthy eyesight.  As usual, there is science substantiating these common sense premises:Psychological Stress in Childhood and Myopia Development [...]

By |Child Myopia, Science|

Torturing Kids: You Might Not Want To Read This One

People sometimes suggest that I'm too hard on mainstream optometry.  Hopefully lately the tone has been a little less definitive on that front.  I'm trying to be more inclusive of potentially open minded optometrists!   Progress, right?  And as I point out, my strong bias comes from being exposed to hundreds and thousands (really!) of stories about individual's experiences with myopia.  When you just have your own, perhaps not traumatizing experience, the things I say sometimes may sound harsh.  Hey [...]

By |Child Myopia, Vision Health|