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For Parents

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

Children tell us what they think about eye health, myopia and why it’s important to look after your eyes in the following Kids ‘take’ on myopia video series.


Supporting the myopia conversation for parents and carers

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eye health video part 1

Part 1: Eye Health

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role of an optometrist

Part 2: Role of an Optometrist

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children myopia knowledge

Part 3: Myopia Knowledge

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looking after eyes

Part 4: Looking after your Eyes

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importance of regular eye check

Part 5: Regular Health Checks

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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.

See more here.

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.

Read more here 

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.