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A complete resource about myopia for parents. Includes myopia fact sheets, myopia reports, videos, assessment tools, supporting referenced articles and more. 

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Myopia Matters: Look out for the early warning signs of myopia

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Helping parents see the big picture: Why your kids need a regular eye test

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Child myopia: Top four tips to protect your child’s eyesight

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Myopia management: What is it and why is it important?

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Childhood myopia: Should it be managed or treated?

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A focus on child myopia: What can I do to help my child?

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Device time: Is it impacting your child’s sight? We answer parents’ common questions

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More green time less screen time

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Myopia: Signs to look out for

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Time for a check up? Time to book an eye examination

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MYOPIA REPORT

The Australia and New Zealand Child Myopia Report

The Australia and New Zealand Child Myopia Report – A Focus on Future Management brings together the latest evidence-based data to better understand the issue.

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eye health video part 1
VIDEOS

Part 1: Eye Health

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role of an optometrist
VIDEOS

Part 2: Role of an Optometrist

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children myopia knowledge
VIDEOS

Part 3: Myopia Knowledge

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looking after eyes
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Part 4: Looking after your Eyes

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importance of regular eye check
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Part 5: Regular Health Checks

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FACT SHEETS

Optometry Australia Fact Sheet: Myopia: Fact or Fiction

A fact sheet to help guide your myopia discussion in the practice setting.

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FACT SHEETS

Child Myopia Brochure (Chinese version)

A useful brochure and resource for parents to understand myopia and record notes when they visit the optometrist.

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FACT SHEETS

Child Myopia Brochure (English version)

A useful brochure and resource for parents to understand myopia and record notes when they visit the optometrist.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is myopia?

Myopia is a common eye condition in which light is focused in front of the retina, resulting in blurred distance vision. People with myopia can often see quite clearly at close distance but distant objects will be blurred.

Myopia usually starts during childhood, typically progressing until the child stops growing. 

Myopia is a common eye health condition not just a vision condition.

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What causes myopia?

There are two main risk factors for a child developing myopia: lifestyle and family history. Read more here.

Can myopia correct itself?

Myopia cannot correct itself. Myopia needs to be managed. It has been established that managing myopia in its early stages can slow its progression, reducing the potential risk of developing high myopia and its associated conditions1.

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What causes short-sightedness or blurred vision?
How common is myopia?

It is estimated that by the year 2050, nearly 5 billion people worldwide will be affected by myopia, 50% of the projected global population2. For Australia and New Zealand, the forecasts are slightly higher at 55% and we already have an estimated 36% of the population affected3.