Wearing bi-focals may not only be beneficial for adults - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/7/10

Wearing bi-focals may not only be beneficial for adults

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Wearing bifocals to improve vision may not be just for adults.  A new study, published in the Journal Ophthalmology, suggests bifocals may be the best choice for kids with worsening myopia.  Myopia is where they can see near, but have trouble seeing far away. That was the diagnosis for 11-year-old Eugenia Tzeng and in her case too, it seems bi-focals are working.

"I think we have to give children every possible chance to succeed in school and in life.  And if we don't take care of their needs early enough they may suffer later on in school," said Dr. Denis Iwamoto, an optometrist.

The report suggests using bifocals for kids like Eugenia may be better than standard lenses. This comes after two years of study following 135 Chinese Canadian kids whose myopia had worsened over the previous year.  Some of the kids wore regular glasses and others wore prescription bi-focals.  In the end, researchers decided the progression of myopia was slower among the kids wearing the bi-focals.  The results are something they say is encouraging because it gives kids another good option at bringing the world into focus.

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