Farsighted vs. Nearsighted

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Farsighted vs. Nearsighted

Patients often ask me, “You know, is my child going to end up being farsighted, nearsighted? No glasses?” A lot of it depends on the family. Nearsightedness and farsightedness is often inherited. So if you’re the parent and your nearsighted, there’s a good chance one of your kids may be nearsighted. What’s interesting also is that at birth most of us are farsighted, we’re a little farsighted. Even if you end up nearsighted, most of us are a little farsighted. And that doesn’t bother young children, because when you’re farsighted, your eyesight is a little short and the natural lens can focus and put the image in focus. So we’re all born a little farsighted, most of us – not everybody, but most of us – are a little farsighted and then the eye grows and then we’re sort of neutral. And if you’re going to go nearsighted, when you’re about 8 or 9 years old, eye grows a little too much and you become nearsighted.
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Kenneth Wright, MD

Pediatric Ophthalmologist

A caring physician, Dr. Kenneth Wright is devoted to the health of children’s eyes. He is an internationally respected pediatric ophthalmologist, and is included in “The Best Doctors in America” and “Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care.”  Dr. Wright is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the USC Keck School of Medicine.  He has developed novel surgical techniques for pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.  Dr. Wright received his medical degree from Boston University and fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Johns-Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC.  Following his fellowships, he then accepted a full-time faculty member position at USC School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where he served for 10 years.  He was later appointed Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, before returning home to Los Angeles to establish a pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus center of excellence.  

Dr. Wright has authored of over 100 published scientific papers, seven textbooks including his renowned textbook, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and has lectured worldwide.  He founded the non-profit Wright Foundation with a mission to reduce blindness and suffering in children with eye disorders through research, education, and clinical care. He has established a pediatric eye clinic for underprivileged children.  Important to the Wright Center is the principle that patient care always comes first.  

An interesting personal note is that Dr. Wright’s youngest son developed crossed eyes as an infant requiring surgery and Dr. Wright operated on his own son.  The outcome was excellent and years later his son served in the United States Marine Corps as a top marksman.

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