What is Myopia?
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is the inability to clearly see objects in the distance, and usually starts during the early school years. As myopia progresses, it can become very difficult to perform daily activities like seeing the board at school or playing sports, where far vision is necessary. Parents may notice that their child’s myopia gets worse as they get older, this is very common and children will typically require stronger prescription glasses with thicker lenses.
What causes Myopia?
The exact cause of myopia is unknown, however, researchers suspect it is a combination of genetics and children spending more time indoors reading, and using computers and other electronic devices. The rate of myopia has rapidly increased over the past 25 years. It is expected that by the year 2020 approximately 50% of the population will be myopic.
Why should I consider Myopia Control for my child?
Myopia, or nearsightedness, can start at a very early age and tends to worsen as your child grows. Unfortunately, even mild amounts of myopia can increase the risk of further eye problems like early cataracts, glaucoma, myopic macular degeneration, retinal tears, holes and detachments. To prevent your child from reaching higher levels of myopia, parents should consider Myopia Control as a treatment option. Myopia Control involves catching myopia in its early stages and serves to slow, and in some cases stop, the worsening of their child’s prescription. The end result is a lower myopic prescription, and therefore, a lower risk of myopia related eye disease.
How can we help?
At Spectrum Family eye Care, we take the increasing prevalence of myopia very serious, as myopia can increase the risk of eye diseases later in life.
Our primary goal is to identify your child’s myopia in its earliest stages and slow the progression of their myopia from the start. Through a process called Myopia Control, our doctors strive to do more than just strengthen your child’s glasses prescription year after year, and in doing so, we aim to reduce the long term risks associated with increased myopia.
Myopia control begins with a full eye health examination, followed by an assessment and customized treatment plan for your child. Treatment options include custom contact lenses or drops to slow or stop your child’s myopia from progressing.