Myopia (or nearsightedness) is one of the world’s most common vision problems. The effect of this condition makes objects further away from you seem blurry and out of focus. It is estimated that nearly 50% of the world’s population will by myopic by 2050. Myopia occurs due to the shape of your eye incorrectly refracting light so it focuses before it reaches your retina instead of focusing directly on the retina.
Myopia can be difficult to identify in children at a young age, as many children don’t know what the difference is between clear and blurry vision. Early intervention is the best way to manage Myopia. At Optical Illusions, we specialize in pediatric eye care and can help diagnose children with myopia
Prescriptions may change year after year during adolescence, with the outlook seeming worse off as we continue to age. However, there are effective treatments for this issue; it all just depends on finding the right treatment for each individual case.
Myopia can develop early on in one’s life, and it can be difficult for parents to recognize if their child is currently dealing with myopia. As a parent, it is important to remain vigilant when looking for signs that your child has myopia, such as squinting or having to sit up close to the television or computer screen to see clearly.
Some studies have shown that parents may be able to help slow the development of your child’s myopia by limiting screen time. As the use of digital screens continues to rise, it is important to remind your child to take breaks from using digital devices.
If you believe your child has myopia, it’s important to address it as early as possible. At Optical Illusions we offer extensive pediatric eye exams; if you are curious about what we can do to help slow the progression of your child’s myopia, don’t hesitate to contact us.
There are ways to tell if you’re experiencing symptoms of myopia, even if you have never been formally diagnosed. The most distinct problem you will be able to recognize is that distant objects will seem out of focus or blurry.
Some other telltale signs that you are nearsighted are:
- You find yourself frequently squinting to see distant objects
- You experience headaches when looking at distant objects
- You need to sit closer to your television, computer, or theatre screens to see better
- Needing to blink a lot
- Needing to rub your eyes frequently
The Growing Risk
Unfortunately, myopia has become increasingly common around the world. While an exact cause has not yet been determined, much research has been done on the best ways to correct and control the issue.
Myopia may be common, but there are many treatment options available to help manage it. If your child is currently struggling with myopia, we’ll recommend various different management techniques and prescriptions to slow down its progression spending on their specific needs, including:
Orthokeratology (ortho-k) contact lenses are specially designed to reshape the corneal surface while your child sleeps, improving their vision throughout the day without the use of glasses or contact lenses. The results achieved may be reversible, but routine use of ortho-k contacts can help keep reduce the effects of myopia on your child’s vision.
Peripheral Defocus Contact Lenses
As your child’s eyes grow longer, light may surpass the boundaries of their peripheral retina and create hyperopic defocus in that area. We offer contact lenses that help properly focus light in front of their peripheral retina, creating peripheral defocus and slowing the progression of myopia.
Myopia Can Effect More Than Just
Myopia can affect your child’s ability to perform well in school, sports, and other activities that require clear vision. Effective management of myopia will ease the burden that is put on performing daily tasks caused by the condition.
If you believe that your child is currently experiencing myopia, please contact Optical Illusions to schedule a pediatric eye exam—this is the best first step to take when getting treatment for their condition.
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