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Nearsighted (Myopia)

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a very common vision problem. It’s estimated that up to one-third of Americans are nearsighted.Nearsighted people have difficulty reading road signs and seeing distant objects clearly, but can see well for up-close tasks such as reading or sewing.

Signs and Symptoms of Myopia

Nearsighted people often have headaches or eyestrain, and might squint or feel fatigued when driving or playing sports. If you experience these symptoms while wearing your glasses or contact lenses, you may need a stronger prescription.

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Myopia Management

Myopia is commonly referred to as nearsighted which means clearer vision at near relative to far distances. Myopia is much more than “just” blurry vision. Myopia is the condition where the length of the eye is excessively long. Myopia is a serious eye condition because of the increased risk of eye disease associated with it. People with myopia are at a higher risk of developing blinding eye conditions such as Retinal Detachment, Glaucoma, Maculopathy and earlier Cataracts. Research has shown a direct relationship between the degree of myopia and the risk of these serious eye diseases.

Myopia Is Developed

Myopia is very rare at birth, it develops with time and it is well known that myopia increases in school age children. Since myopia commonly progresses from lower amounts to higher amounts it is advantageous to limit the progression of myopia, which in turn will limit the risk of eye disease later in life. Thankfully there are options to limit the progression of childhood myopia.

Currently these include:
Corneal Reshaping Therapy (CRT)
Atropine Therapy
Multi-Focal Soft Contact Lenses
And less commonly Bifocal Glasses

Your doctor will analyze your child’s situation and tailor a personalized treatment to limit the progression of childhood myopia. If you have any concerns about myopia make an appointment here.