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

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Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology 21 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 38-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of a child to go from good eyesight to needing glasses?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Multiple causes: There are many causes to that. "simple" things like nearsightedness or farsightedness are fairly common. Those are considered refraction problems. There may be other, more serious causes - cataracts, glaucoma (less common in children), systemic diseases etc. I'd recommend a comprehensive eye exam to determine the cause.
A 43-year-old member asked:

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

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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.

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