What Is Myopia & How Can We Help?
Myopia, or in other words nearsightedness, is diagnosed when someone can see things close up, but has trouble seeing objects in the distance. This eye problem typically begins in early childhood and progresses until the late teens or early adulthood leading to higher prescriptions and thicker glasses. The percentage of American children with myopia has increased significantly over the years and is one of the fastest growing eye problems in young people.
The increase in Myopia cases is concerning for many reasons, but most notably is linked to other worrisome sight-threatening diseases. Some of those include an increased risk of Glaucoma, retinal detachment, cataracts and myopia masculopathy. Fortunately, there have been many advances in Myopia management and preventative treatment.
A couple examples of treatment include medicated eye drops and hard contact lenses that have been shown to slow the progression of myopia. Most recently, the FDA approved MiSight 1 Day Soft Contact Lenses that treat myopia in children. If worn daily, it has been proven to reduce myopia by 50% in children.
It’s best to schedule an eye exam with your doctor to discuss the right options for your family!