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How worried should I be about my daughter's worsening nearsightedness? (optometrists' opinions please)?

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I posted this last week but no eye doctors answered.  Non-drs' also welcome to answer.  My 16 year old daughter just got what seems to me a huge increase from sept. 2012 to now.  Her sept. rx was right -7.75 left -7.00.  2 weeks ago i got a note from the school nurse that she needed new glasses.  the dr wrote -9.50 and -9.00 on her new form..To show me her change (I see 20/20) he asked me to put on a pair of glasses with slits on the top for loose lenses.  He started with the same lenses in her old glasses.  Then he made them her new thickness.  That made things (for me) much smaller and blurrier.  He has prescribed her glasses since her very first pair.  He said this is by far her biggest increase but I shouldn't worry because kids her age sometimes have growth spurts that affect their eyes.
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She'll end up blind.
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Your optometrist is correct.

When kids grow is when their vision is most likely to change, and at her age, her face is starting changing shape, which is apparently changing her vision.  In a year or two, it will probably stabilize.

Now, -9.00 is very nearsighted, but it's just that - very nearsighted.  It's not an indication of anything more serious, except for a higher risk of retinal detachment.  I suspect your optometrist has mentioned that, and warned her that if she sees a shadow moving across her field of view, or flashes, that she should go to an ER to have the eye checked.  That's what my optometrist told me.  But that's just a warning of something to watch for, not a warning that it's certain to happen.

So, other than needing to wear corrective lenses, this should not be any big deal.  Though I do realize that two pairs of glasses in six months gets expensive.

[My prescription is in the -5.50 range, and my wife's is in the -6.50 range, and have been the same for decades.]
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