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Can low myopia be prevented?

Low myopia is a type of refractive error that can be present at birth or develop later in life. Because the exact cause for this type of refractive error is unknown, preventing low myopia is difficult. Factors that increase the risk for myopia developing include:

  • Family history of myopia
  • One or both parents have myopia
  • Neonatal conditions
  • Frequent nearsighted work

Because low myopia is often first diagnosed in childhood, early treatment can help to minimize the effect of low myopia symptoms on classroom performance. Preventing low myopia symptoms in adults is difficult. Using proper lighting, eating foods rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene, and wearing sunglasses can help lower the risk for myopia.

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