Myopia and Your Child
What you should know
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is an increasingly common condition that makes it hard to see things far away.
- In the Americas over 40% of the population are Myopic
- In certain Asian countries over 90% of the population is Myopic
- By 2050 it is predicted that approximately 50% of all people will be Myopic
What does it mean?
In addition to needing stronger prescription eyeglasses or contacts to see with, sufferers of myopia have 3 times the risk of developing cataracts, 4 times the risk for developing glaucoma and at 10 times the risk for suffering from retinal tears and detachment.
There is something you can do to help your children
Myopia Prevention is possible- by limiting time on electronic devices, spending more active time outside and getting regular eye exams, you can reduce the risk of your children developing myopia.
If your children have already been diagnosed with myopia, then you can try to treat the condition with atropine eye drops, multifocul soft contacts and ortho-k treatment. Atropine and multifocul soft contacts can slow the progression of myopia while ortho-k can help you get through the day without glasses or contacts.
A Testimonial from Daniel's Parents:
The Ortho-K lenses have opened up a new world for Daniel. He was so reluctant to wear his glasses and didn't realize how much he was missing every day. The change in his vision has been remarkable and I would recommend them to anyone who would benefit. Daniel often comments on how different things look when they're in focus, and how great it is to be able to read signs and subtitles. His reaction times in tennis and baseball are so much quicker, because he can see the ball well before it gets to him. Wearing them at night is also much easier for him because he is so active and he doesn't have to worry about losing them at school or on the baseball field. Best of all, he loves having normal vision!