Myopia for Children
Myopia, or nearsightedness, affects more than 40% of Americans. Regular prescription glasses and contact lenses will correct the blurry vision caused by myopia, but do nothing to address the underlying cause: an eyeball that is elongated or too curved in front, causing light from far objects to fall in front of the retina rather than be focused on it.
As children grow, myopia often develops as they reach school age and progresses into the late teens.
The Dangers of Myopia
Researchers now know there is more to worry about with myopic eyes than the inconvenience of ever-thickening lenses. Scientific evidence has proven that myopic patients are more vulnerable to a range of sight-threatening diseases and complications. In fact, myopia is the sixth leading cause of blindness. Patients with mild myopia have a four-fold increase in the risk of retinal detachment. For those with moderate to severe myopia, the risk increases ten times. One study concluded that more than 50 percent of retinal detachments not related to trauma are associated with myopia. Other myopia risks include glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Myopia Can Be Controlled
The dangers of myopia, in conjunction with the normal challenges of subpar vision, mean it is important for parents of myopic children to control the condition as part of a child’s vision care. The goal of myopia control is to slow the progression of myopia and reduce its impact on your child’s life. The younger myopia control begins, the more effective the treatment.
Insight Vision Center Optometry is proud to offer a non-surgical treatment protocol to help slow or stop the progression of myopia in children. The revolutionary system, designed to treat your child’s myopia and significantly reduce the threat of more serious eye diseases, is one of the most important innovations since glasses were first prescribed hundreds of years ago!
Schedule an appointment today and one of our doctors will evaluate your child’s vision and make a customized treatment plan to slow or even stop myopia from progressing.
Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Myopia Control
Insight Vision Center Optometry offers consultations to discuss myopia control. Get in touch with us today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for your child! Call us at (714) 486-3315 or schedule a consultation online.