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This question seems really trivial after reading all of the other questions but here goes: my husband and myself are extremely nearsighted and our 3-year-old likes to "read" herself to sleep every night. Will this cause an undesired strain on her eyes? Should I try to curb this traditionally coveted habit?     

I would not discourage this habit at all. I know of no concern about damage to your 3-year-old's eyes by reading too much. You are also correct that this is something that you should have no hesitation in encouraging.

Answered by: Gary Hirshfield, MDDr. Gary Hirshfield

Categories: Eye Conditions; Children's Eye Health

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