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Don't be short-sighted about myopia in children

It is crucial for parents to stick with known scientific-based treatments when it comes to myopia control, as unproven methods may put the child at risk. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
It is crucial for parents to stick with known scientific-based treatments when it comes to myopia control, as unproven methods may put the child at risk. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
It is crucial for parents to stick with known scientific-based treatments when it comes to myopia control, as unproven methods may put the child at risk. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
About the writers: Associate professors Marcus Ang and Audrey Chia are co-clinical directors of the Myopia Centre at the Singapore National Eye Centre.
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Myopia, or near-sightedness, makes objects at a distance out of focus.

While spectacles or contact lenses correct this easily, many people do not realise that developing myopia leads to irreversible changes to our eyes, such as excessive eyeball elongation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 01, 2021, with the headline Don't be short-sighted about myopia in children . Subscribe