Identifying children at risk of developing myopia can be done by evaluating risk factors such as family history of myopia, refractive error, lifestyle, certain vision disorders, and age of onset.
Myopia can be predicted before onset in young children. This Myopia Moment provides a brief overview of how to use refractive error to evaluate pre-myopia in a child.
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Remember that a child may pass a vision screening and still be at risk of developing myopia.
Children should be seen for a full eye examination early, prior to beginning school, and regularly to monitor refractive status and assess overall risk for myopia.
Prepared by the World Council of Optometry Myopia Management Resource Committee 2021. The World Council of Optometry Myopia Management Standard of Care initiative is supported by a grant from CooperVision.
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