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A 37-year-old member asked:

What can cause a child to go from good eyesight to needing glasses?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Few different causes: There are a few main things that can cause a child to need glasses. Children should be examined when they are younger to establish a baseline measurement. With normal growth of the eye during childhood, a refractive error (such as nearsightedness) can develop. Also some children can develop strabismus, which is when the eyes don't align properly. Glasses can help these conditions.
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Various: Genetics, growth, trauma, too much near work, etc.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes a child to go from good eyesight to needing glasses in just a couple of years?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Growth: It doesn't take much, and children are growing at an amazing rate. A small change in the shape of the lens or the eyeball itself can make a difference. Plus, many kids compensate for a long time, and most likely eyesight was going bit by bit, but it was hard to notice until compensation was no longer possible.
Last updated Oct 1, 2013
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