What is Myopia or Near-sightedness?
A condition that causes our distance vision to be blurry, Myopia is the leading cause of avoidable vision loss worldwide. By 2050 half the world's population is expected to be myopic. Most cases of myopia start in early childhood and progress as children grow. Both genetic and environmental factors can increase a patient's risk. Not only does this condition cause blurred vision, but it also increases the risk of glaucoma, retinal disease, and retinal detachments, all of which can cause permanent vision loss.
The earlier we detect myopia, the better chance we have of slowing progression and managing health outcomes. We recommend a child's first eye exam between 6-12 months of age. The next exam should be at 3 years old and yearly thereafter as the child grows. Every child needs an eye exam before starting school to ensure they are set up for success in learning. (80% of what kids learn is visual!)
Get outside! Did you know one hour of playtime outside is one of the few factors we can influence to prevent myopia? Researchers believe it is related to vitamin D exposure that cannot be replicated with supplements.
Exciting News: We now have contact lens technology that can prevent the progression of myopia by up to 59%! These contact lenses are approved for children 8-12 years of age and I have personally seen amazing results! Click the link below to see a simulator on what a space may look like at different prescription levels.
If you have any questions about Myopia, Myopia Management, or would like to schedule an exam please give us a call today! (740) 761-2020 You can also schedule your exam online at Book an Appt (4patientcare.ws)
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