When our children or we are newly nearsighted, the phrase we hear most often must be "it is pseudomyopia, it will get better on its own, don't rush to wear eyeglasses"; "you are only pseudomyopia now, wait for real myopia and then go to the optometry." So the concept of "pseudomyopia" is deeply rooted in people's minds.
Many parents do not understand "pseudomyopia," so it is easy to walk into the trap of misunderstanding and imperfect institutions, thus delaying the health of the child's vision, such as the development of high myopia will be too late to regret.
In many parents' minds, children with myopia will have "pseudomyopia" and need to be treated through some other channels to recover from the "pseudomyopia," and only if they fail to recover will they develop into "true myopia." The "true myopia" will grow only if it does not heal.
"Pseudomyopia", more rigorously referred to as "regulatory myopia," is a state of eye fatigue caused by the continuous contraction and spasm of the ciliary muscle, which can occur at any time and in any age group.
The ciliary muscle is a smooth muscle located inside the eye. Its role is to regulate the curvature of the lens by contracting and relaxing, thus allowing us to see objects at different distances.
When we read and write for a long time or look at electronic screens, the ciliary muscle may be overly contracted and cause ciliary muscle spasms. When we look into the distance, the ciliary muscle cannot fully relax, and the lens adjustment power decreases, resulting in unclear vision.
This is called regulatory myopia, which can be relieved by moderate rest.
Many children who do have myopia do not receive proper vision correction. The main reason for this is the parents' misconceptions about "pseudomyopia." As a result, these children are taken to so-called "pseudomyopia treatment structures" for treatment.
These "pseudomyopia treatment facilities" do not determine whether the children are "truly myopic" but "treat" them directly through a series of methods such as massage. Through these methods, it is possible that the ciliary muscle spasm is relieved and the child's vision is temporarily improved. However, this short-lived improvement in vision is only a "blurred adaptation" after some training. This "blur adaptation" allows us to distinguish blurred objects using psychophysical methods and does not really "cure" myopia.
True myopia cannot be treated, only corrected.
When the following conditions occur, it is recommended to go to regular eye examinations to determine if true myopia is present.