Thursday, April 9, 2015

Eye Tests for Eight Year Olds Predicts Nearsightedness in 13 Year Olds

"Researchers have found that a simple eye test in first grade could predict the onset of nearsightedness by eight grade," reports Medical News Today. "The authors of the new study call for more pre-school testing of childhood vision in the US. Such a test could enable parents to plan eye testing schedules and glasses, and even opens up the research opportunities into therapies that could prevent the need for glasses. A study of over 4,500 children published in JAMA Ophthalmology identified 414 who became nearsighted (had myopia, in which further distances are seen as blurry) by the time they were between 7 and 13 years of age." Read more.

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