What is myopia:
Also known as nearsightedness, myopia happens when your child’s distance vision begins to blur because their eyeball is becoming longer as they grow.
Nearsightedness (myopia) is on the rise and has been linked to 2 factors:
- Genetics: Kids with one or two myopic parents are more likely to be myopic.
- Lifestyle: Spending more time on activities like reading or handheld devices instead of spending time outdoors.
Myopia on the Rise:
In 1970s only 25% of Americans were nearsighted. Today that is around 40%. And by 2050 it is projected to be around 58%.
Higher myopic prescriptions can lead to more severe sight conditions later in life such as retinal detachments, glaucoma, cataracts and myopic maculopathy.
The growing incidence of myopia and concern for these conditions have lead to further research studies on ways to help slow the progression of myopia.
We are happy to have 2 highly effective treatment options available at our office:
- MiSight® 1 day | CooperVision multifocal 1 day contact lenses.
When worn daily in children ages 8-12 years old these contact lenses have shown to slow progression on average of 59%.
- Atropine Treatment eye drops. Atropine 0.05% over 0.01% in myopia control: study | AOA
A once daily diluted concentration of Atropine has shown to slow progression of myopia by 64%
Schedule an eye exam to learn more about the benefits of these treatments!