Myopia or nearsightedness is the leading cause of visual impairment in children worldwide. In the United States alone, close to 14 million children are nearsighted.
When a refractive error such as myopia is present, the eye cannot correctly focus the incoming light on the retina. It may happen because the eye is longer than usual from front to back or because the cornea or the lens is excessively curved in relation to the length of the eyeball. Whatever the anatomical cause, the result is that light reflected off viewed objects gets focused before it reaches the retina.
In growing children, vision development plays a vital role in their physical, cognitive, and social development. Although a pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses will correct a child's refractive error and offer clear, crisp vision, myopia progression, and its consequences remain important considerations. Progressive myopia increases one's long-term risk for retinal issues, glaucoma, cataracts, and associated vision impairments. For this reason, our office emphasizes the value of myopia management.
In addition to a genetic component, research suggests that spending more time indoors and participating in near-focused activities, such as looking at computers and other electronic devices, bears responsibility for myopia's rising rates.
With myopia management, it's best to be proactive. Beyond offering corrective lenses to give children better vision now, our office provides myopia control treatments and strategies to support ongoing eye health. Our office will discuss all the available options for myopia management, including specialized eyeglasses, contact lenses, eye drops, and lifestyle modifications that can help.
You can count on our office for the needed guidance and care. As skilled and experienced providers of eyecare, our team remains dedicated to protecting the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision.
At our state-of-the-art optometry practice, our mission is to preserve, restore and enhance the vision of every member of your family. We are committed to providing compassionate and personalized eyecare.