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Teachers can play a very important role in identifying a student with vision difficulties, ideally before they start to have a significant impact on their learning. Here you will find a range of myopia resources for use in your classroom.

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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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POSTERS

Myopia Matters: Staffroom Poster

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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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VIDEOS

Part 1: Eye Health

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Part 2: Role of an Optometrist

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Part 3: Myopia Knowledge

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Part 4: Looking after your Eyes

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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

Myopia Matters: Teachers Fact Sheet

A useful fact sheet to use in the classroom.

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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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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 and how can it be corrected?

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.

As research and technological innovations in this area continue, optometrists now have a range of new management options which mean they can not only provide clear vision but slow down the progression of myopia.

How does myopia develop?

There are two main risk factors for a child developing myopia: lifestyle and family history. Modern lifestyles may influence the development of myopia.  These include:

  • Low levels of outdoor activity6 and associated factors including:
  • Low levels of light exposure7.
  • Prolonged near tasks8 such as reading and gaming on portable devices.

See here for more information.

When does myopia stabilise?

The majority of myopia progression typically occurs between the ages of 6-17 years as this is a key growth time for children, and their eyes.

What are the early warning signs of myopia?

Remember the three ‘S’s’

  1. Sitting closer to the front of class.
  2. Squinting to see further away.
  3. Schoolwork performance is declining.

Or if you notice unexplained changes in your student’s behaviour at school.

How often should children have a break from a device?

Build in regular breaks from devices. 

Limit computer sessions which include short breaks from looking at the computer (for at least five to ten minutes every hour).

Why and when should children get their eyes examined?

Optometrists can identify children more likely to become myopic and advise parents about interventions including increased outdoor time. 

A child’s first eye test should be with an optometrist before starting school and at regular intervals thereafter*. 

*As recommended by Optometry Australia and the New Zealand Association of Optometrists.