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What's age does eyesight stabilize

Hello, I was wondering what age eyesight stabilized. My daughter has a prescription of -4 in glasses and make her eyes look small. Is there any solution I don't think she's mature enough for contacts?
  • Female | 27 years old

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The answer may vary depending on what type of doctor/specialist is rendering the information. Medically speaking, by the age of 18, there should be stabilization of simple myopia that is correctable via FDA-approved Laser Vision Correction such as LASIK. This can be a simple, safer and more cost effective approach to natural vision without corrective lenses.
Michael Brenner
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Your refractive status (amount of prescription in glasses) will most often stabilize in your 20's and continue until your late 30's. There are exceptions to that rule, however.
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Your daughter's eyesight will likely continue change for several years, but perhaps in small amounts. Once she's past her teens she will be more likely to stabilize for awhile. Eyeglass lenses in her prescription range do cause her eyes to look smaller, but with certain types of lens options that can be improved. She may respond well to contacts if she is unhappy with wearing glasses so my advice is to make sure she is motivated. Many good optometric practices are able to start young patients in contacts successfully, so don't be afraid to let her try.
Jeffrey Jessup
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A good rule of thumb for when the vision stabilizes is when the child finishes school (high school/college). The daughter's eyes can continue to progress while the she is doing school work. As mentioned, orthokeratology may be an option (your daughter would wear lenses at night to reshape and correct her vision) and then she may not need glasses during the day. Another option would higher index lenses, which make the lenses thinner and would help make her eyes not appear so small. I hope this helps!
Nicholas Gubler
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Typically Rx's in the past have stabilized at or around the age range of 18-22. If an individual does more near work, it may take longer. When talking about a child's prescription, parents should always be educated on 4 options for their children. 1. Glasses (with the potential of needing a bifocal) 2. Contact Lenses (many children can handle contacts earlier than you would expect) 3. Refractive Surgery (not an option for a minor, but will they likely be a candidate?) 4. Corneal Refractive Therapy (to arrest the advancement of Juvenile Progressive Myopia). If you don't want your daughter to have small looking eyes, and would like to slow/stop the advancement of her myopia (nearsightedness), you may want to look for a provider in your area.
Eyesight usually changes as children grow. In the same way they need larger shoe sizes as they grow, they may need stronger glasses. You should not be concerned about this. Make sure you go to an optometrist who checks for near vision problems as these problems can speed the change in prescription if they are not addressed properly. Daily disposable contacts will be a great option when your daughter is mature enough to wear them.
Eyesight can stabilized at the 20 or 21 in most of the cases, best option to correct small eyes on eyeglasses better to use policarbonate material or Hi Index 1.589 or 1.67

And the best Age to Start wearing contact lenses are 15 or older,

Always its good to ask your doctor before order the new glasses.

Have a great Day

Dr. Alberto Monier By Tijuana Vision Optical
Alberto Monier
The prescription will level off eventually. Like I tell all of my moderate to highly nearsighted patients, the strength of the prescription doesn't matter, it what you see through it that matters. If she sees 20/20 through her glasses, then se is doing fine. Aspheric, hi-index materials, smaller frames can help with her eyes appearing small. You should look into contacts. I put young kids in contacts all the time, but they must demonstrate the ability to put them in and take them out on their own. Good luck!
Based on a minus prescription, the lens creates a "minification" effect behind the lens. Therefore, it would be best to select a smaller frame to reduce the effect behind the lens. Also, to some degree, an aspheric lens design helps reduce the "small look". Lastly, the closer to the eye the frame fits to the eyes, the more natural the eye size appears.

Hope this helps,

David M. Girardi, OD
David Girardi
It depends on many factors but genetics, ie mom or dad's refractive status is very important. Just like many physical attributes are genetically determined so is your ultimate prescription. The rate of progression varies from patient to patient but most people will stabalize by early 20s.

Best of health

Dr Higgins
Donald J. Higgins