Bring the World Into Focus
Myopia is a vision problem that can have a severe impact on a person’s quality of life when left undiagnosed and uncorrected. Because so many Americans are affected by myopia, research into controlling and slowing it is ongoing and offering promising solutions.
What Is Myopia?
Myopia is a refractive error that occurs when the eye grows too long from front to back, causing images to focus in front of the retina instead of on it. As a result, myopia makes distant objects appear blurry while nearby objects remain in focus.
High myopia, a degree of myopia that requires extreme correction, is also a growing problem. High myopia increases the risk of retinal detachment, glaucoma, early development of cataracts, and vision loss, making it a concern for eye care professionals.
The exact cause of myopia is unknown, but research suggests it’s a complex combination of genetics, increased time performing close work (like reading or computer work), and less time spent outdoors during childhood.
Myopia in Children
Myopia generally first develops in school-aged children, while the eyes are still growing. Children’s eyes continuously grow throughout childhood, so myopia can progress until around age 20, when vision tends to stabilize.
When children have undiagnosed and uncorrected vision problems, they have to work harder to learn during school. Learning can be difficult and stressful, and they may understand less than their peers.
The best step to ensuring your child’s vision won’t hold them back is by taking them for routine eye appointments with an optometrist, over and above basic vision screenings offered at school. Regular eye exams give your optometrist the chance to diagnose vision problems and prescribe vision correction, like glasses, contact lenses, or myopia control methods.
Myopia Control Methods
Ongoing studies have shown that several myopia control methods are effective at slowing myopia progression. Because myopia develops as the eyes grow, and the eyes continue to grow until around age 20, myopia control methods are most effective for children.
Some effective methods for slowing myopia include:
- Low-dose atropine drops
- Peripheral defocus contact lenses
- Bifocal contact lenses
- Orthokeratology contact lenses
Some studies also suggest that simply increasing the amount of time children spend outdoors is sufficient enough for slowing myopia progression.
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