What is Myopia?
Myopia is commonly known as nearsightedness. This means near vision is clear, and far away vision is blurry. Unfortunately myopia is growing at an alarming rate; it has increased by 66% in the US since 1971. It is expected that by 2050 nearly 50% of the world population will be myopic. Research shows that increased near focus time spent on computers, cellphones, and iPads, as well as genetic and environmental factors can cause lengthening of the eye itself, increasing the myopia. Myopia management is the attempt to slow the progression or increase in myopia and prevent further elongation of the eye.
Why you should be treated for it
If myopia is not controlled, there are increased risks of serious eye diseases. Among these are cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachments, and myopic macular degeneration. The risk of serious future vision complications increases exponentially as the myopia increases.
Why you should come to us
We customize the myopia management to each patient. Orthokeratology is a type of contact lens therapy that reshapes the cornea to reduce the amount of eye growth. This decreases the amount of myopia progression. And the great part is, this is all accomplished during sleep! In the morning, the contact lenses are removed and there is freedom from wearing glasses or contacts during the day!There are also indications for multifocal contact lenses in children to control myopic progression. Using drops in the eyes is also an option with great success. This is known as atropine therapy. Studies also show that increasing the amount of time that is spent outdoors is a very important aspect of controlling this worldwide epidemic.