Eye health and adolescence

J Indian Med Assoc. 2005 Nov;103(11):632-3.


Complete development of eyes occurs between 8 and 11 years, though longitudinal growth of axial length may occur up to 13 years (approximately). Except a few, most of the eye diseases affecting adolescence age group are similar to adult type. Diseases like myopia, keratoconus, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, juvenile diabetic retinopathy and injuries to eye are exclusively diseases of adolescence that are commonly encountered. Psychologically, impact of eye disease on adolescent mind may be profound, thinking they might lose their eyesight. Early detection of diseases, prevention of injuries, health education and frequent eye check-up are essential.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services*
  • Child
  • Eye / pathology*
  • Eye Abnormalities / diagnosis
  • Eye Diseases / classification
  • Eye Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Eye Diseases / physiopathology
  • Eye Diseases / psychology
  • Eye Injuries / diagnosis
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Preventive Health Services*