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Top 6 risk factors for myopia

The top 6 risk factors for myopia development & progression include:

  1. Genetics: Having one parent with myopia increases risk by three-fold, whereas two parents with myopia increases risk by six-fold. 
  2. Age: The younger a child gets diagnosed with myopia, the faster they progress. 
  3. Time spent outdoors: Spending less than 90 minutes a day outdoors increases risk by 2 fold 
  4. Near work: Spending more than 2-3 hours a day performing near work activities (outside of school time) increases risk by two-fold. 
  5. Binocular vision: Accommodative issues and eye alignment can results in increasing myopia risk. 
  6. Ethnicity: Asian ethnicity has been reported to have a faster rate of myopia progression.

Lifestyle Modifications

  1. Follow the 20-20-20 Rule: For every 20 minutes of near work or screen time, take a 20 second break, and look 20 feet away
  2. Reduced screen time: Spend less time on phones & computers outside of school
  3. Increased outdoor time: Spend atleast 90 minutes outdoors

If your child’s eyeglasses prescription keeps increasing, call us today at 905-363-1140 to book a myopia management consultation.