Myth 3

"My husband and I don't wear glasses, so my child will not need them either"

A child having an eye test

Farah GatradFarah says:

"The need to wear glasses can be influenced by both genetic and environmental factors.

The nature of genetics is complex and there are many genes that have been identified as being associated with visual problems.

Family history, ethnic background, environment (living indoors, in cities) and carrying out near tasks, such as screen use, have all been linked to the development of short-sightedness.

As such, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact cause or reason that a child might need to wear glasses, even if the parents do not."