A new study suggests that measuring how farsighted a child is in first grade may predict if he or she becomes nearsighted in middle school, giving parents an insight into whether or not their kids' needs glasses, according to TODAY. Researchers found that those who were less farsighted were more likely to become nearsighted when they were older.
Also known as myopia, nearsightedness is one of the most common eye afflictions.
Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Ophthalmology, the study of more than 4,500 children shows that measuring their vision at around age 6 can predict which kids will become nearsighted by the age of 13, TODAY reports.
Children rarely get a comprehensive eye screening when young, but researchers suggest that it may be worth getting your kids' peepers checked out, especially if your son or daughter spends lots of time under the sun. Several recent studies have shown, for instance, that kids who spend more time outdoors in sunlight are less likely to develop myopia.
"Myopia affects one in three individuals in the United States aged 12 to 54 years, and its prevalence appears to be on the rise," the study's researchers wrote. "Its management costs the U.S. health care system almost $4 billion annually."
Jeepers, creepers — better check your kid's peepers!