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"Fake or Unreal" Nearsightedness (假性近視)

Pseudo-Myopia (Pseudo = not real, Myopia = nearsightedness) is sometimes found in those who have diabetes, but very commonly found in young children. Pseudo-Myopia can co-exist with real myopia and is often mistreated as real myopia.

Pseudo-Myopia happens usually when kids use their eyes at short distance for a prolonged period of time, like when reading, writing, playing hand-held games, or watching TV. Their eye muscles become so intense making them unable to relax when they look afar, which results in their distance vision becoming blurry.

Pseudo-Myopia often occurs during the early stage of Myopia. Many kids are often prescribed the full distance glasses without addressing their eye muscle issues up close. This may cause their eye muscles to spasm even more. On the other hand, some parents misunderstand the pseudo-myopia and discourage their kids from wearing any glasses at all. Without proper treatment, pseudo-myopia will most likely worsen, which could further aggravate real myopia.

Unlike real myopia, a patient can recover from pseudo-myopia if it is properly diagnosed and treated. It is very important to consult an eye doctor in order to find the real root cause and have the proper treatment needed.

If you have questions or concerns about learning-related vision problems, feel free to call us at (732) 410-7880.

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