• When do I have to get glasses for my nearsighted son?


    Question:

    My son is 7 years old and was diagnosed for nearsightedness (-1). Should I immediately buy glasses or can we try exercises or wait first?


    Answer:

    At some point in the future, your child will need glasses for his nearsightedness. You have some flexibility right now with this refractive error, which is considered mild. Glasses are not generally required, but should be purchased if the child has symptoms. Symptoms can include complaints of blurred vision or trouble seeing the board at school, for example. Over time, nearsightedness will gradually and naturally increase and at some point glasses will likely become essential.


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