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Does Genetics Play a Role in My Child's Vision?

Does your child suffer from nearsightedness just like you? He or she may have inherited the common refractive error. Nearsightedness isn't the only vision condition that has a genetic component. In fact, many eye conditions may be influenced, at least in part, by your genes.

Eye Conditions That Can Be Inherited

Do you or your family members have any of these conditions?

How are Eye Diseases and Conditions Passed on to My Child?

Eye diseases and conditions are transmitted in one of three ways:

Vision therapy can be very helpful if your child has been diagnosed with an inherited eye condition or disease. Therapy improves the brain/eye connection and also helps strengthen the muscles needed for good vision. The therapy uses games, activities, filters, prisms and other methods to improve and enhance your child's vision.

Would you like to find out if vision therapy could help your son or daughter? Call us to schedule a comprehensive vision examination.

Sources:

PubMed: Ophthalmology: Risk Factors for Incident Myopia in Australian Schoolchildren, 10/13

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23672971

Glaucoma Research Foundation: Are You at Risk for Glaucoma?, 10/29/17

https://www.glaucoma.org/glaucoma/are-you-at-risk-for-glaucoma.php

Longevity: Eye Issues: Hereditary or Is Your Environment to Blame, 3/26/18

http://www.longevitylive.com/anti-aging-beauty/eye-issues-hereditary/

All About Vision: Myopia Causes – Is Your Child at Risk?

https://www.allaboutvision.com/parents/myopia-causes.htm

Foundation Fighting Blindness: Genetics 101: How Some Retinal Diseases are Inherited, 10/10/14

http://www.blindness.org/blog/index.php/genetics-101-how-some-retinal-diseases-are-inherited/

National Eye Institute: Facts About Color Blindness, 2/15

https://nei.nih.gov/health/color_blindness/facts_about

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