Juvenile Onset Myopia may Be Due to Parental Refractive Error
The study found that among children with two myopic parents, myopia progression was slower in children wearing progressive-addition lenses (PALs) when compared to those wearing single-vision lenses (SVLs). Knowing parental myopia may be helpful when deciding which myopic children are likely to benefit from special lenses.
232 of the 469 child participants in this study were aged 11 to 16 who were recruited for the Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial (COMET). Among the children included in this study, 87 (37.5 percent) had two myopic parents.
'This study shows that parental refractive error should now be added to the constellation of factors which are related to the progression of juvenile onset myopia,' said researcher Dan Kurtz of the New England College of Optometry.