DID YOU KNOW?
Wearing glasses actually makes myopia worse! While vision is clear, the peripheral light rays stimulate the eye to grow longer (axial elongation) which increases myopia.
What is Myopia?
Myopia, often called nearsightedness, is commonly understood as the inability to see far away objects clearly without glasses or contact lenses. It is, in fact, much more than that. Myopia is a chronic, progressive disease where continued eye growth not only worsens distance vision, it also increases future risk of sight-threatening complications.
What causes Myopia?
There are a number of risk factors associated with the onset and progression of myopia, including:
Age of the child when they develop myopia.
Minimal time outdoors (< 2 hrs/day)
Near work for longer duration or at a shorter working distance
What are the risks?
By 2050, nearly 1 billion people are expected to have high myopia (a prescription of -5.00D or higher). Risk of visual impairment from myopia, especially high myopia, stems from having a longer eye length and increased likelihood of developing myopic macular degeneration
All children should be monitored
There is no safe level of myopia. Research indicates that the earlier a child becomes myopic, the higher the risk of myopia progression and developing high myopia.
The population with myopia has nearly doubled over the past 20 years. By 2050 nearly half of the world's population will be myopic.
The prevalence among young adults is reported to be above 80% in many Asian regions, and 50% in the U.S. and parts of Europe. And those rates continue to rise.
What can I do?
Measuring and monitoring children's eye health, even from an early age, is highly recommended. For every diopter a child’s myopia can be reduced, their chance of retinal disease may be decreased by 40%.
To have the biggest impact on slowing your child’s myopia progression, it is important to act early. A regular annual comprehensive eye exam for your child is highly recommended until they are 18 years-old.
If your child is diagnosed with myopia, there are common therapies for managing myopia you can consider. It is important that you discuss your child’s myopia and available options with your eyecare professional to determine on the right treatment.
Please book a consultation with us to determine if your child is a good candidate for myopia control.
New Technology Slows Myopia
The Acute Abiliti™ 1-Day lenses are the first and only daily disposable silicone hydrogel lenses designed specifically for the pediatric eye to slow the progression of your child's myopia while correcting your child's vision.
Our goal is to support your child in an active lifestyle today and better eye health tomorrow.