What causes nearsightedness? Genes are only part of the answer and the other culprit includes demands on near vision and amount of time spent outdoors. Additionally, several studies have shown that a child with one or both parents nearsighted increases the risk of myopia. A recent estimate in 2016 put the number of myopic individuals at 1.4 billion (~20% of the world population). By 2050, that estimate is projected to grow to 4.7 billion (~50% of the world population).
Myopia (nearsightedness) is a condition that is associated with blurred vision at distance although vision at near is clear. Halting the progression of myopia could impact the lives of about 42 million children in the U.S. Once myopia begins in children 8 to 13 years old, it usually gets worse each year. As the myopia increases so does the length of the eye developing retinal stretching. Myopia not only causes vision difficulties for seeing but also causes an increase in sight threatening eye diseases such as myopic macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, retinal holes and tears, and retinal detachments as the retina stretches from the prescription increases. Our doctors are concerned about the potential risk and are recommending that you consider an intervention to help limit the progression of your child’s increasing myopia as a preventative program.
Until there is a cure for nearsightedness altogether, the purpose of myopia management aims to slow these rapidly rising rates of myopia for those who are at-risk for potential onset of myopia or would like to slow the progression of their myopia.
Here at Vision Therapy Institute, Dr. Davis offers the following treatment modalities:
- MiSight® 1 day Contact Lenses
- Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)
- Soft Multifocal/Bifocal Contact Lenses
- Low-dose Atropine Ophthalmic Solutions Eye Drops