Myopia control is our passion.
Proper and effective treatment of myopia (nearsightedness) in children is a time consuming process that many doctors are not willing to undertake. It is critical to find a doctor who stays current on the latest myopia control options and has the experience and compassion needed to restore your child’s vision.
What is Myopia?
Myopia is the inability to see things clearly unless they're relatively close to your eyes. Also called nearsightedness or shortsightedness, myopia is the most common refractive error among children and young adults.
Myopia results from an abnormal elongation of the eyeball, which leads to a refractive error, blurring objects viewed at a distance. In other words, distant objects appear blurry until they are brought close to the eyes.
The Dangers of Myopia
The prevalence of myopia and high myopia are increasing globally at an alarming rate, with significant increases in the risks for vision impairment. Unfortunately, too many parents and doctors view myopia as typical in child development. However, in the U.S. alone, 40 % of kids have myopia, compared to just 20 percent three decades ago. Today, myopia is at epidemic levels and childhood-onset myopia poses a threat to the ocular health of our children. A 1 diopter increase in myopia raises the likelihood of developing myopic macular degeneration or loss or vision, by 67%. While a 1 diopter decrease in myopia reduces the likelihood of developing myopic macula degeneration or loss of vision, by 40%.
An eye is considered to have high myopia if it requires -6.0 diopters or more of lens correction. People with high myopia have a particularly increased risk of glaucoma, cataracts, retinopathy, retinal detachment, and loss of visual acuity.
Myopia Can Be Managed
The goal of myopia management is to slow the progression of myopia and reduce its impact on your child’s life. The younger myopia management begins, the more effective the treatment. Managing this anything-but-harmless condition is vital to the ocular health of your child. Because of the many risks that are associated with high myopia, it’s important to take myopia control steps as early as possible to slow progression.
Schedule an appointment today and our doctor will evaluate your child’s vision and make a customized treatment plan for your child.