A 37-year-old member asked:
What can cause a child to go from good eyesight to needing glasses?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
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.
6.4k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
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 answers • 5 doctors weighed in
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.
5.9k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Oct 1, 2013
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