If you experience a sudden onset of specks that move through your field of vision or sudden flashes of light or darkening vision, emergency medical attention may be needed since these could be signs of a medical emergency called retinal detachment, which could be caused by high or severe myopia.
Eye exams that come with physical examinations can help detect possible vision problems including nearsightedness. According to ophthalmologists, taking an eye exam at least once every two to four years is ideal for most adults.
Children and people who wear glasses or are diagnosed with health conditions like diabetes that could affect their eyes need to take eye exams more frequently.
If you experience any blurring, it’s also ideal to have an eye exam even if it’s been less than the suggested duration. Your doctor may either change or start your prescription.
Like most visual impairments, nearsightedness is believed to be a progressive condition. This means that as time goes on, it could either get better or worse depending on how it’s treated. Because of this, a good way of preventing nearsightedness is having regular check-ups and using visual correction methods as early as possible.
Some studies also show that spending enough time outdoors can delay the manifestation or even slow the progression of nearsightedness. In addition, children are advised to spend at least 2 hours outdoors every day.
Reducing screen time on your mobiles, laptops and TV is highly encouraged if you’re an adult. For babies and children below 7 years old, it is discouraged as it also affects their development.