Most parents think genetics are the only reason for their child’s nearsightedness. But more and more children with only one myopic parent, or even no myopic parents, are becoming nearsighted. Clearly, more than genetics is involved in the myopia epidemic. This article reviews the current understanding of both genetic and environmental associations of myopia, and discusses how to educate parents about why more children are becoming nearsighted, and what can be done about it.
By Erin Tomiyama, OD, and Kathryn Richdale, OD, PhD
Review of Optometry CE, January 2019
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